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Church Micro 6327 ... Mapledurwell RG25 2LH

A cache by Danes Hunter Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 09/06/2014
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

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Geocache Description:

St Mary’s Church, is Grade II listed as of national importance. It has an exceptionally well maintained grave yard.

There is a challenge attached to this cache see…GC5CP49

Most cars now have a Satnav fitted, so I thought you might like the postcode for this church.


All the windows of the nave and chancel and are lancets and appear to originally date from the 13th Century. These are three large lancets in both the south side and north wall on the side. The chancel has a smaller lancet of two plain stepped orders in its north wall. All are renewed, although original stonework survives inside (e.g. the jambs of most windows, including the middle lancet on the north side). The nave lancets are deep and only slightly splayed.
19th Century: A significant restoration apparently took place c.1850-4, and while White's directory of 1878 gives the date as 1855, at the cost of £300, this is not mentioned in his earlier directory of 1859, although an earlier restoration of 1830 is mentioned. Of this nothing appears to be known. For the 1850s restoration the application details, which include a ground plan, are contained within the Incorporated Church Building Society archive, and the architect seems to have been Benjamin Thorne of Basingstoke, and the work appeared to include repairs to the roof, casing of the internal walls, new windows (it is not clear whether this means that new windows were added or existing windows were renewed, or both), building of the new vestry, rebuilding the bell turret, reseating, and other repairs.
Restoration is obvious, but not overwhelming. Much of the stonework was renewed, and the east window was inserted. It is unclear whether this window, which is early perpendicular in style, faithfully represents the style of the original, but the suspicion is that it does not. The chancel arch is 19th century, but represents the style of the early 13th century with its unmoulded arch and plain imposts . It may well be a faithful reproduction. It is difficult to determine whether the flint walling of the nave is medieval or modern. It doesn't look old on the north side, though it consists of whole as well as knapped flints . The west wall certainly looks more recent, consisting mainly of knapped flints . The south nave wall is more likely to be old , but both the north and east chancel walls appear to have been rebuilt.
 
                    At the above coordinates find the hero of the Grenadier Guards, Guardsman R. M. Brown.
What was his payroll number ABCDEFG
And when did he leave us HK September JLMN
 
Cache at N 51.15. A (G – B) (A + C + F + H)….W 001.00. L (K – J) N
If you add up all the digits in the final coordinates it should come to 39

There is a challenge attached to this cache see…GC5CP49

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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