The cache is NOT at the headline coordinates - you do not need to hire a boat to visit them!!
Local and Church History
The origin of Congregational Churches dates to the time of Henry VIII ‘s creation of the Church of England.
A number of Christians felt that the new Church of England was as bad as the Catholic Church in that a central authority dictated how churches were run and defined the rituals associated with worship.
A theologian named Robert Browne published a theory of union which, at its core, proposed that churches should be run by their congregations. It emphasizes the right and responsibility of each properly organized congregation to determine its own affairs, without having to submit these decisions to the judgment of any higher human authority, and as such it eliminated bishops and presbyteries. Each individual church is regarded as independent and autonomous.
This tract had the snappy title: “A Book which sheweth the Life and Manners of all true Christians”. This publication is considered to be the founding basis of the Congregational movement.
The villages of Kingsand and Cawsand were two adjacent small villages divided by a small stream that was the original Cornwall and Devon border. Cawsand being in Cornwall and Kingsand in Devon.
The main wealth of the villages derived from servicing ships moored in the shelter of Cawsand Bay and from smuggling.
In the 18th Century the first Congregational Church was built on a piece of land overlooking the sea which had previously served as a fort to protect the village from marauding French and Spanish ships.
The Church is accessed down a narrow passageway between two houses off the main street known as Garrett Street. The church has an active team of supporters who make it an important part of the local community.
To find the cache coordinates you need to do some research to find the following dates:
1. In which year did the Robert Browne treatise get published in Middelburg in the Netherlands? (Beware, some references have the date 10 years after the correct date!!). This gives you ABCD.
2. When was the original building of the Congregational Church opened on its present site? This gives you EFGH
3. In which year did Kingsand become part of Cornwall when the current border was established? This gives you JKLM
The cache can be found at N 50 AG.FGB W 004 JD.(C-K)GE
The cache is located on a public footpath and offers a nice view of the Congregational Church.
The cache is a camo'd tube about 10 cms long and 3 cms in diameter.
Tree cover may be a problem here but the hint should point you in the right direction.
You may need tweezers to extract the log and Please Bring Your Own Pen.
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