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Church Micro 5469...Marsh Gibbon

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Hidden : 03/29/2014
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Geocache Description:

A puzzle cache based on the historic St Mary's Church in the village of Marsh Gibbon.  Use the Internet to solve the questions in advance of your visit because the answers are not necessarily available at the church itself.

Marsh Gibbon St Mary

In most other church micros some information is provided about the history of the church or the village it's located in, and then the location of the cache is revealed, either through finding out some information in the churchyard or through the final coordinates being given out there and then.

Not in this one.

I'm not going to provide any information about Marsh Gibbon church or village. Instead below are six multiple choice questions, all of which require you to do a bit of research for yourself on the Internet in order to ascertain the final location of the geocache.

After each question are four possible answers. The number in brackets at the end of each possible answer is the value for that letter in the final coords, which are:

N51 54.ABC W001 03.DEF

A: Marsh Gibbon is uniquely the only parish in the country where a comment was made about the character of one of the manor holders in the Domesday Book of 1086. The comment was that Ailric held the manor in King Edward's time but now holds it for King William graviter et miserabiliter. What does graviter et miserabiliter mean in English?

  • Grandly and majestically (2)
  • Willingly and gladly (3)
  • Heavily and miserably (4)
  • Dutifully and sombrely (9)

B: The Gibbon part of the village name derives from the family who owned the manor in the 13th century. What was their family name?

  • Gibbon (6)
  • Gibbings (0)
  • Gibson (4)
  • Gibwen (2)

C: To the west of Marsh Gibbon there are military entrenchments from a bygone battle. Who is thought to have dug them and when?

  • The Parliamentary army in 1645 (5)
  • The Royalist army in 1643 (3)
  • The Norman invaders in 1066 (6)
  • The Yorkist army in 1483 (1)

D: The east window of the church, attributed to Pevsner, consists of a number of lancet windows depicting, centrally, God the Father and the Crucifixion. How many stained glass lancet windows are there in the east wall?

  • One (4)
  • Three (5)
  • Five (6)
  • Seven (7)

E: In 1719 a notable individual by the name of Robert Clavering became the rector of Marsh Gibbon. What was he more famous for?

  • Translating the Lindisfarne Gospel into English (3)
  • Translating the Mishneh Torah into English (5)
  • Translating the Qu'ran into English (8)
  • Translating the Rosetta Stone into English (1)

F: Which given name appears most often on the war memorial just outside the south door of the church?

  • John (3)
  • William (1)
  • Frank (2)
  • Sidney (4)

All answers can be found on the Internet before setting off from home. You are looking for a small cliplock box. Good luck!

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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