Skip to Content


B - Betchworth - Surrey A-Z

A cache by Surrey Cachers Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 04/01/2015
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

Join now to view geocache location details. It's free!


How Geocaching Works

Please note Use of services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer.

Geocache Description:

This cache is one of a series of 26, the Surrey A-Z, placed across the county by a team of 'Surrey Cachers'. The caches vary in type, size and difficulty, and each location has a different initial letter...

Surrey A-Z

This cache was placed by Wizbit100

Bonus Cache

Bonus numbers will be present in some of the caches in the series, collect these numbers as you will need to use them should you wish to find the series bonus '* - Bonus Cache - Surrey A-Z'

'B' is for Betchworth.
This cache is not at the published location, a little bit of research will be required to solve the equation below.

B is for Becesworde – Betchworth is a pretty village in the Mole Valley district of Surrey, mentioned in the Doomesday book as Becesworde.

E is for Betchworth Estate - The Right Honourable Henry Goulburn, Chancellor of the Exchequer purchased the Main Estate and Betchworth House in 1816. The estate has only changed hands twice by purchase (as opposed to by inheritance) since Doomesday.

T is for Train - The Betchworth Railway Station opened in 1849. During both World Wars wounded soldiers travelled through the station en route to hospitals, and nearly 300 trains passed through Betchworth during one week following the Dunkirk evacuations. Now a day the station is a pale shadow of its former self, the station building is in private hands and nothing remains of the busy former goods yard that was once piled high with timber and coal.

C is for Cricket - The Betchworth cricket club played from the 1900s, competing for members with the Barley Mow, Brockham Warren and More Place cricket clubs. The B. C. C. played on the Red Lion cricket ground in Buckland until the 1940s when they moved to a field at the rear of The Old House until the club's demise in the 1980s

H is for Hartsfield Manor – Hartsfield Manor was built in the 1860s for Arthur Woodriff Jaffrey whose impressive memorial can be seen on the west wall of the church and for whom the lych gate was erected. He died in 1864 before the completion of the house leaving a heavily pregnant young wife.

W is for Wildlife - Betchworth Quarry and Lime Kilns are being restored by the Surrey Wildlife Trust. The kilns form part of a complex of sites across the North Downs which provide an essential hibernation resource for several species of bat, including, Brown Long-eared and Daubentons. A unique combination of natural and industrial heritage, that lies within a Site of Special Scientific Interest and the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Rich in flowers such as horseshoe vetch, a plant needed for the Chalkhill blue butterfly.

O is for Organ – After many years of fundraising in the village, the pipe organ, built by the British firm and installed in St Michael's church in 2014. The inaugural concert on 31st May 2014 was performed by Thomas Trotter, arguably one of the finest organists in the world.

R is for River – The River Mole runs from east to west through the village. The 18th century weir at Betchworth was modified in 2004 to facilitate the installation of two 27.5 kW low-head hydro turbines. About 90% of the energy generated is fed into the regional electricity grid, while the remainder is used to supply the Betchworth Park Estate, where the weir is situated.

T is for Tranquil House – The house of Betchworth village post office from 1881 to at least 1895. By 1900 local builders constructed the current Post Office. Of all the shops that have at one time been in the village, the baker, the dressmaker, the shoemaker, the butcher, the grocery, only the Post Office and the Forge remain.

H is for Harvests – Dozens of Betchworth farms are mentioned in the 1881 census. Dairy farms, grain fields and cattle herds as well as mixed farms with horses and cows, orchards and hay fields. From 1864 Wonham Mill grain was milled daily and baked into bread that was delivered around the village in a cart drawn by a blind horse. Betchworth remains a rural community at heart.

The Cache can be found at N51 1C.(E-D)(B+G)A W000 1(C+G).(F-B)(B+D)E

How many bells are installed at St Michael’s Church? A

How many lime kilns are there at Betchworth and Brockham lime works? BC

What year was the first Parish Magazine in Betchworth? DEFG

The correct answers should add up to 33.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Tebhaq yriry ol urqtr.

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

Return to the Top of the Page

Reviewer notes

Use this space to describe your geocache location, container, and how it's hidden to your reviewer. If you've made changes, tell the reviewer what changes you made. The more they know, the easier it is for them to publish your geocache. This note will not be visible to the public when your geocache is published.