The 204th in a series of caches where a red telephone box
is in close proximity to a post box
…but one of this Fine Pair looks decidedly off colour!
The unique and picturesque village of Milton Abbas dates back to 1773 when building commenced, at the instruction of Lord Milton, as part of the transfer of the old town of Middleton, originally located within the grounds of Milton Abbey.
Sitting next to the village shop is a grey telephone box. The telephone box itself is of a K6 type; designed to commemorate the silver jubilee of King George V. The K6 was the first red telephone kiosk to be used extensively outside of London and has since become a British icon. Telephone boxes were generally painted bright red to match post boxes and in turn the livery of the General Post Office. Originally the designer, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, had intended his kiosks to be painted silver, with a "greeny-blue" interior. The red that is now much loved was once anything but and caused many local difficulties, resulting in requests for less visible colours. In response the Post Office was forced into allowing a number of telephone boxes to be painted green and others a less strident grey, like that at Milton Abbas, in areas of natural and architectural beauty.
The George VI-reign postbox is set into a brick pillar outside the shop.
To find the cache…
What is the telephone number in the phone box? 01258 ABCDEF
What is the location identity of the post box? DT11 GH
N 50° 49. (C+E) (H-F) (G+D+F)
W 002° 16. (A-H) (F+E) (B-D+C)
Checksum for last co-ordinates = 23
The final location is a short walk from A Fine Pair
The cache is a 35mm film pot
PLEASE REHIDE CAREFULLY WITH THE MARKER STONE IN FRONT