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Dave and Vicky: Well!! [:O] The good citizens of Wickwar have rebuilt the wall where the cache was hidden and I suspect it is now entombed for ever. The cache will now be temporarily archived until I can create another cache site .... I've got a good spot in mind. Watch this space.

Dave and Vicky

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The Kissing Gate (Version 2)

A cache by Dave and Vicky Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 6/7/2002
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Set in the village of Wickwar at the foot of the Cotswold Edge.

Park in the High Street at reference ST724885

We've moved the cache site by about 50 Yards. The original site is due to be renovated sometime this year. The new site is hidden in the same way, although we think it is harder to find. Also, the cache itself is a bit bigger and we've left the log book out to make more space .... until we can find a really small one to fit in.

The cache is to the north of Wickwar High Street near the church. We think it is well hidden but we would like to know what you think. However, before you go searching, have a look at the Town Hall which has a clock dating from the 16th century. It is probably the oldest town hall clock in the country (there are pictures of the mechanism).

The earliest surviving reference to Wickwar is in the Domesday Book. The original Saxon village was centred around the church. The remains of the original walls can be seen on the left on the path up to church. The character of Wickwar High Street derives from its medieval origins in the 13th century as a planned settlement, which replaced the Saxon settlement, and contains many listed buildings. While the majority of the buildings on the High Street are 18th century many are much earlier; numbers 42 and 46 date from the 15th century.

Wickwar was one of the first towns to have its own electric street lighting in about 1881. The overhead supply system was only taken down in 2000 and some of the original lights can be still be seen mounted on the houses.

The Church of The Holy Trinity is of 12th century origin although it was altered in the 14th and 15th centuries and further restored in 1881.

After your searching we recommend a visit to the local pub. However, if you can find the house with the white car parked outside (see the photo) and we’re in, you are welcome to come in for a cup of tea and a biscuit.

Original contents: a glitter ring; a child’s charm bracelet; some ‘fancy’ paper clips; log book and short pencil. Personally I find it hard to write with these sawn-off stumps so you might want to bring your own pen.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Va gur tngrjnl, abg orlbaq.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

Find...

  • SpoilerPlease leave the cache well concealed - the trick is to leave the lower stone in place
  • Wickwar ChurchFront entrance - near the original Kissing Gate
  • The clock mechanismThe oldest clock mechanism in town?
  • Free tea?As seen from the top of the church tower.

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