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VS #391 - Great Gidding

A cache by MarcusMaximi Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 09/12/2015
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

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!).

This cache is a clear 5ml tube

In 1870 Great Gidding was described as
"GIDDING (Great), a parish in the district of Oundle and county of Huntingdon; on Alconbury brook, adjacent to Northamptonshire, 6 miles SW by S of Stilton, and 6½ SW of Holme r. station. Post town, Hamerton, under St."

It had a population of 363 according to the 2011 census.

The village is near the Alconbury brook, which has a course of about 13 miles, rising near Lullington and joining the Ouse at Huntingdon. "The normal level of the Alconbury Brook at Hamerton in average weather conditions is between 1.05m and 1.87m." In 2002 a small wood was planted in the northeast of the village with public access via a path to celebrate the Queen's Golden Jubilee. It has a range of trees e.g. oak and ash.

On June the 10th 1944, the US 8th Air Force was sent in a Flying Fortress called Bam Bam from Molesworth to Nantes to shut down the German airfield there. Bam Bam had already done 42 missions and the crew reported strong smell of fuel inside however they were told to continue In air they reported to control that the smell was getting constantly worse and wanted to return. Soon after, it exploded 1/4 of a mile SW of Great Gidding. 6/10 died and four survived.Due to the controversy that the crew raised concerns but were ordered to fly , this was kept a secret for 70 years until 2014.

The cache is about 100 yards south of the village sign so please do not go climbing all over the sign!

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..


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

va fvta (abg gur ivyyntr fvta)

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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