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VS#451 Downe

A cache by SkiCycle Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 11/21/2015
1.5 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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About Village Sign Caches

This cache belongs to the Village Sign Series, a series of caches based on ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (generally 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 started in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country so we thought we would base a series on them!

More information and statistics can be found at the Village Signs Website


Downe is a village in the London Borough of Bromley. It lies on a hill, and much of the centre of the village is unchanged over the last 100 years; the former village school now acts as the village hall. The word Downe originates from the Anglosaxon word doon, latterly down, hence the South and North Downs. The village was part of Kent until April 1965 when it was subsumed into the new London Borough of Bromley.

Its most famous resident was Charles Darwin who lived at Down House, just on the edge of the village. Nigel Farage, the leader of UKIP, was born in Downe in 1964.

The Cache

The cache, a petling tube, is located a short walk from the sign.

The cache can be found at:

N51 20.H (F-E) A E0 3.E D (D-C)


Darwin was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society in ABCD and died in EFGH

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***** Congratulations to marktheway on the FTF *****

If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series, please do. I would ask that you request a number for your cache first at so we can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Oruvaq n fubeg jbbqra cbfg jvgu n cyndhr

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)