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A micro sized cache to add to the Village sign series The cache is not at the above co ordinates
Watlington, which apparently gets its name from Nordic origins (a site lying by water and wet soil) first appeared in records in A16B. The first recorded landowner was one Hermerus de Farrarys, whose estate was acquired by the Bardolphs of Wormegay and Stow, the head of this family taking the name Sir Robert de Watlington, a Knight at the Court of King Stephen. The church, dedicated to St Peter and St Paul, dates from the 1Cth century. The oldest dwelling in the village is reputed to be Church Farmhouse, built in the 17th century.The population of the village was recorded as 572 in 1891, rising to 586 by 1901, but remarkably falling to a low point of 580 in 1931. By 1991, following housing developments the population had climbed to over 1500 and by the 2004 estimate to a total of 2035. There are now approximately 1000 households in the village.The railway service came to the village in October 1DE6 and helped to secure the prosperity of the area, which came from a strong agriculture and horticulture sector, along with associated trades. Today, although agriculture remains a vibrant sector, most workers in the village are commuters. The cache can be found at N52 40.(C-A)(B-A)(E+1) E0 23.(E+C)(D-B)A 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.
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