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VS#111 St Michaels

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Hidden : 05/19/2014
2 out of 5
2 out of 5

Size: Size:   small (small)

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Geocache Description:

Village signs is a new series of caches based on the ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (normally on the village green!).

This is a short multi starting at St Michaels' village sign.

St Michaels is a village on the weald of Kent and has become a suburb of the nearby town of Tenterden.

The village sign, made of iron, depicts the struggle between the Archangel St Michael and the devil in the form of a dragon. As the story goes, the battle was won by St Michael, who forced the dragon out of heaven and sent him down to Earth. 

Until 1954 the was served by Tenterden St Michaels railway. Nothing now remains of the station, but the route of the line can still be followed along the cyclepath which repalced it. A tunnel to the north of the site where the station stood still exists under Shoreham Lane. A level crossing also once existing passing over Grange Road.

The church of St Michaels and All Angels stands to the north of the village sign. The church is made of Kentish ragstone and Bath stone and was consecrated in 1863. The building of the steeple was completed some 12 years after.  The village has taken it's name from this church, having previously been called Boresisle.

The information you require to find the cache can be found on a plaque under the village sign. 

The cache is a small cliplock container and is approximately quarter of a mile away.

The cache can be found using either of the following options:


OPTION 1 (when the sign is in place)

N51 0A.BAB E000 4B.CDB
A5 = The number of letters in the Month the sign was unveiled

B1 = The number of people who unveiled the sign

C8 = The final digit of the year in which the sign was unveiled.

D2 = The number of times the word "dragon" appears on the plaque


OPTION 2 (If the sign is not present - It appears to have been removed as of 25/03/21 - hopefully only temporarily)

N51 0A.BAB E000 4B.C(B+1)B
Have a look around and find the telephone area code for Tenterden and St Michaels. Use the numbers in that code to represent 0BAC0.


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)

Tb orlbaq gur tngr naq ybbx yrsg.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)