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A Fine Pair # 474 ~ Chetnole

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Hidden : 2/1/2016
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:


The 474th in a series of caches where a red telephone box
is in close proximity to a post box

Chetnole is a small village about eight miles from Sherborne. The name Chetnole is found in documents as far back as 1242 and means ‘The hill-top or hillock of a man called Ceatta’ from Old English cnoll and an Old English personal name.

A George VI reign postbox is set into the wall of the former post office and village shop, which closed in 2010, and a red phone box just around the corner at the end of the building, next to the Chetnole Inn.

In February 2015, villagers clubbed together to save their postman and won a victory over the Royal Mail by forcing the organisation to back down on the decision to change his route. Mick Leak had delivered the post in Chetnole for 24 years, but was then told that his round would be merged with another and taken over by a colleague as part of the ‘modernisation programme’ by Royal Mail. Locals launched a petition, contacted their MP, and turned the village hall into a protest campaign headquarters, leading to a Royal Mail U-turn as the other postman agreed to pull out and allow Mr Leak to keep his route.

To find the cache…

Stage 1: When was Chetnole best kept village? 19AB
Hint: If you don't know or find the information, Chetnole was Best Kept Village in 1988...

Stage 2: What is the identification number on the telegraph pole next to the telephone box? DP CDE

Stage 3: What is the identification of the postbox? DT9 FG

Final co-ordinates:
N 50° 52. (F) (A+C) (G+E)
W 002° 34. (A-B) (D+E) (E-C)

Checksum for all co-ordinates = 47

The final location is a short walk from the Fine Pair

The cache is a small magnetic container

The Fine Pair series was originally started by wizardsmum

If anybody would like to place 'A Fine Pair' of their own, just contact mattd2k at to be given a number and name to avoid duplication

A public Bookmark List is available for this series

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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