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Church Micro...2161 Ferring - St Andrew’s

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Hidden : 02/25/2016
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Another replacement church micro for an original by proftonks. This one is for possibly the oldest church in Sussex, the lovely little church of St Andrew's in Ferring.

Despite spending quite a bit of time in the churchyard here, I seem to have failed to even look for the cache this replaces, evidently I overlooked what it was while trying to retain a few odd unfound caches close(ish) to home!

St Andrew’s Church stands on a low hill in the heart of the old part of Ferring Village amongst some of the oldest cottages in the village. It is probably one of the oldest churches in Sussex. At the time of the Doomsday Survey, the 'demesne of ferringes' had two ploughs (a plough being a measure of the arable land which could be worked by a plough with a team of eight oxen).

The first church of St Andrew in Ferring was built between 765 and 791.The original church would have been made of wood, but by the early 12th century it had been rebuilt in stone. St Andrew’s was enlarged over the next century, the existing building was started in about 1120 on the site of the original church. The west wall and south wall in the Nave date back to this time. The church was enlarged in 1250, when the chancel was built and the northern side extended and it became the size and shape that we know it today. With it was associated the endowment of land which became the basis of Ferring Manor, an episcopal property of the see of Selsey. Together, church and manor were established as the centre of village life well before the Norman Conquest.

It has been suggested that, centuries ago, the current porch formed the base of a tower, a possibility which might account for the blocked-up doorway seen on the inner side of the east wall.

The church has seen Ferring grow from a small hamlet of under a hundred souls to the present active and successful community of just under five thousand.

To find the cache:
Walk along the path towards the church and to the right (all clues can be seen from the path!), finding the following graves:
Elizabeth Bennett - died 26th Sept ABCD
Thomas Richardson Esq of Sutton Hurst - born E.F.1791, died 11.6.GHJK
Helen Gordon died L.M.1958
The final location is N50º 48.(B-A)(C+D)(F-E) W000º 26.H(G+K-J)(L-M)

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This cache replaces the original GC35VMK and therefore qualifies as part of the "Church Micro: Resurrection Challenge". To view, please click here

Congratulations to Jaki-Worthing for the FTF!

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ba gur fznyy fvqr... bu, qba'g qebc zr!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)

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