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VS#72 Bessingham, Norfolk Traditional Cache

Hidden : 02/07/2014
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

The small village of Bessingham consists of 40 homes and a church.  It lies 8 miles north-north-west of Aylsham  and 5 miles south-south-west of Cromer and forms part of the civil parish of Sustead.

The Village sign was unveiled in 2012 after four years of fundraising by the Bessingham Society. The sign, depicts St Mary’s Church, a barn owl and two oak trees. The new sign provides a focal point  for the  pretty, rural village which doesn’t have a village hall or a WI hall.

St. Mary's Church (previously known as St. Andrew's Church) is one of two large buildings in the village  It  was restored in 1869  and has a traditional  round-tower, common in Norfolk, 

The other large building is Bessingham Manor House.  It was built in 1870 for the lord of the manor, Daniel Spurrell.   It stood empty and derelict for many years and was eventually scheduled for demolition. Water ingress lead to rot and decay of the internal structure and the subsequent collapse of the floors and some collapse of large parts of the roofs but it has recently been restored by the new owners.

You can park near the sign which  is next to the village’s bus stop.   The Cache only contains a log sheet so please bring your own pen.  Please note, You don’t need to climb on the sign to retrieve the cache.

If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let SmokeyPugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication..


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


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