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A Fine Pair # 481 ~ Compton Valence

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Hidden : 3/18/2016
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Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

Compton Valence

The 481st in a series of caches where a red telephone box
is in close proximity to a post box

Compton Valence is a well-watered village, lying in a hollow in the hills of the Dorset Downs at the head of a small tributary to the River Frome. The area has been settled from the earliest of times, as evidenced by ancient burial mounds and traces of a Celtic field system.

In the Roman era, the village supplied water to Dorchester, 7 miles to the west. Appropriately for a parish famed for its water, there is an idyllic, tree-lined pond near the centre of the village and another in the grounds of the 17th century manor house (formerly the rectory), just to the north of the Church of St Thomas à Becket.

The Roman name of the village is unknown, the present name being a mixture of Old English topographical terms and a family name. ‘Compton’ means ‘farm or estate in a valley’, from Old English ‘cumb’ for valley and ‘tun’ for estate, while the manorial affix comes from William de Valencia, Earl of Pembroke, who was granted the manor here in 1252.

Compton Valence is known locally for the magnificent display of snowdrops that bloom along its verges in late winter. This Fine Pair are sat outside of the community hall.

To find the cache…

On the telegraph pole sat in between the Fine Pair, what are the numbers on the white label? ABCDEF

Final co-ordinates:
N 50° 44. (B) (C+E) (D)
W 002° 34. (A-B) (C+F) (B+E)

Checksum for all co-ordinates = 42

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

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Haqre tngr unatre

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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