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A straightforward multi cache in the pleasant village of Fenny Drayton. I suggest parking up somewhere suitable near to the starting coordinates (but please respect the local residents) and then walking to each stage which are all nearby. Gentle terrain around the village with a short field walk to the final.
The starting coordinates will take you to an interesting monument to George Fox that many people will not be aware of.
On the information board the story states how many Quakers are in the country today. Take this number as ABCDE and then work out the coordinates where you will find the final cache:
Final coordinates: N52 34.D(B+2)B W001 29.(A+3) (B +A)(E+2)
HOWEVER, it is imperative that before heading off to the final coordinates you collect the following information from the additional waypoints. YOU WILL NEED these numbers to retrieve the cache so please do not try without them.
Stage2 takes you along to the church where at coordinates 34.228 29.070 you will find a date relating to Joseph 19YZ. The church is said to be where George Fox was baptised and has become a place of pilgrimage for Quakers from all over the world who come and sign the visitor book.
Stage3 takes you to a raised bank by the side of the road where 3 trees were planted as a memorial to George Fox. There is also a bench which apparently had a plaque on it commemorating the area but this has unfortunately been taken. The number of slats on the bench = X.
You will need the numbers XYZ to get to the cache.
George Fox, founder of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), was born in Drayton-in-the-Clay (now called Fenny Drayton) in July 1624.
His father Christopher, who was known as ‘Righteous Christer’, was a Churchwarden at Fenny Drayton Parish Church, and was a weaver by trade.
Fox’s parent were pious minded and devout in their religious practice; they were of the Puritan persuasion. Fox described them as ‘seeing beyond the priests’. The residents of Fenny Drayton and of the surrounding district were known to have Puritan sympathies; this included the local squirearchy, the Purefey family, who appointed their local priests accordingly, including Nathaniel Stephens who was very influential in George Fox’s early years.
Fox was apprenticed to a local shoemaker and leather worker, George Gee, at the nearby village of Mancetter. Throughout his boyhood Fox was regarded as a quiet and studious child. As a young man, and against the background of a local Puritan heritage, he sought, by continuing to meet local religious leaders and teachers for a new religious truth, free from hypocrisy.
In 1643, aged nineteen, Fox left his home district to spend several years travelling throughout England, often visiting centres of religious dissent, whilst largely ignoring the national troubles. In 1647 Fox’s early experience of a personal revelation led to his unique claim that anyone can attain a direct knowledge of the Spirit of Jesus Christ and his teachings.
As Fox journeyed, people began to meet for worship. Like-minded groups began to form despite persecution and imprisonment. Fox’s followers met in silent worship.
By the late 1640s the organization, of the Quaker movement began to become established, Fox having secured the support of the many dissenting groups of Seekers, particularly those in the north-west of England. He was imprisoned on several occasions for sedition, as were Quakers persecuted in general. He had several meetings with Oliver Cromwell, Lord Protector, following the English Civil War (1642-1651); Cromwell became favourably disposed towards Fox. After the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660, religious dissenters throughout England, including the Quakers, continued to be intermittently persecuted until the Act of Toleration in 1689.
In 1669 Fox married Margaret Fell, a widow from Ulverston in Cumbria, who had helped Fox in consolidating the organization of the Society of Friends. Later he travelled in Northern Europe and America; he was again imprisoned in England at Worcester in 1673. Towards the end of his life Fox lived in London, where he died in January 1691 and where he was interred in the Burial Ground at Bunhill Fields. His Journal, dictated by Fox during his latter years, was published after his death and is regarded as a classic of English religious literature.
I hope you enjoy this little bit of local history and a gentle stroll round the village.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum