Village signs is a 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!).
The signs can be made of different materials from fibreglass to wood, from forged steel to stone. They can depict anything from local industry to historical events. The tradition probably stated in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country so we thought we would base a series on them!
The village of Great Barford is situated on the river Great Ouse, to the east of Bedford, in rural Bedfordshire.
It has a population of around 2000 and is twinned with Wollstein in Germany.
Mentioned in the Doomsday book, Great Barford was an important site, probably as a means of crossing the river, the area of the original ford was dug up in 1973 and a bridge has been here since at least the 15th century. Today the bridge, with its seventeen arches, spans the Great Ouse and acts as a gateway to this lovely village .
The sign depicts village life including the river, the bridge, a riverside hostelry, All Saints' church and farming. Both sides of the sign appear to be smilar.
Near the sign is a hexagonal bench, with text carvings on three sides. Simply count up the number of times the required letters are carved and insert them in to the equation.
N 52° 09.GA(R+B) W 000° 20.(D+L)(U+N+E+C)(I+T)
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.