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Church Micro 8437..Welwyn Garden City - St Francis

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Hidden : 09/18/2015
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

This is a quick church micro close to a church I pass regularly - St Francis.

There is a playgound in the garden ajoining the church which is fun for the mini cachers.

You will find yourself in front of a noticeboard. There are two sets of 11 digit numbers on the board. You need the top one. Use these to represent by the letters A to K and then use them to find the co-ordinates below for the cache.

N (E-G)B° (J-G)(I-B).DGK W 000° BG.J(B+C)E

The container in slightly bigger than a 35mm film pot.

A bit of history

From the very beginning of Welwyn Garden City, when the first families began to move in, there was a congregation of the Anglican Church worshipping in the town. At first they were part of the Hatfield Parish and a curate from there would cycle over to take services in what, at first, was a temporary building. In November 1921 the Bishop of St Albans conducted a service, which was held in the Cherry Tree pub (now a major Supermarket near the campus) as the congregation was far too big to be accommodated elsewhere. In the early 1920's a site for the permanent church was found and the diocese agreed to the local wish for the dedication to be to St. Francis of Assisi.

In 1923 a dual purpose church/hall was built and the first service was held there in October 1923. Worshippers in those days had to be stoical during the winter months as heating was not installed until 1931 and records declare that the water in the jug and lavabo actually froze during a particularly cold service in January 1926! This building continued to be used as the church for twelve years. It was on the piece of land which is now occupied by Churchfield House.

Building of the new church, which is our current building, started in 1934. The foundation stone was laid on July 29th  by the Bishop of St Albans. Louis de Soissons - who masterminded much of the town's layout and buildings - originally planned a building at least twice the length of the church as we know it. However, the outbreak of the Second World War put paid to any building work that was not absolutely necessary. The West end aisle, with a new porch and adjoining hall were built to designs by the architect David Sutcliffe in 1977. He also produced plans for a new chapel dedicated to St Clare which was rather cleverly created from "closing in" the now redundant North West porch. The St Clare Chapel is generally used for mid-week services and meetings. It is also used for the healing ministry on Sunday mornings.

St Francis, born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone (1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men's Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of St Francis. St. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history and well known for his determination to bring the Gospel to all God's creatures and his humility towards nature. His call was to rebuild the Church and live in poverty.

For full information on how you can expand the Church Micro series by sadexploration please read the Place your own Church Micro page before you contact him at

See also the Church Micro Statistics and Home pages for further information about the series.


Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Oruvaq gur terra

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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