The Village (and it's sign!)
This fine example of a village sign includes some prominent features of the village of Yealmpton(pronounced Yalmpton)
The biggest and most obvious feature is the village's Torr Hill Bridge and even the nearby bench (which is a rather fine memorial bench with lovely wording, if you get chance to swing by!) There are obvious nods to the strong agricultural economy in the area, the yearly agricultural show is known as one of the best one day shows in the region, 2016 marked the 129th year!
Also featured is 'Old Mother Hubbard's' a prominent building within the village. There is much hearsay about Old Mother Hubbard and her existance but true or not the cottage she is supposed to have lived in whilst working as a housekeeper at nearby Kitley House does exist. The building is stone and cob with a simple flush ridge thatch typical of the area. The cottage is some 400 years old.
The Nursery rhyme "Old Mother Hubbard" was written and illustrated by Miss Sarah Catherine Martin in 1804, following her retirement as housekeeper of nearby Kitley House, the estate of Sir Henry Bastard. Sarah continued to live out her retirement in Mother Hubbard's cottage.
Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard,
To give the poor dog a bone;
When she came there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.
There is some dispute about the true origin of the rhyme but Sarah's version was the first published version which popularised the nursery rhyme. There is actually 15 verses all together!
At the headline coordinates you will find the village sign, obviously, please take a moment to admire it in real life, a photo doesn't do it justice. You will need to find a few bits of information nearby to input into a simple formula giving you the final coordinates.
First, near the headline you will find a sign detailing the Old Bakery Development on this sign you will find the opening year, A000
Then you will need to note the number of letters in the first name of the artchitect, this will give you B
There is also some original kilns from the bakery, they feature some wording, the number of letters in the last word will give you C
Each kiln has a 2 hinges, each has a number of bolts the number on each hinge gives you D
Lastly there is a tree nearby surrounded by a seating area, count the number of sides on the seating area, this will give you E
Now put those numbers into the formula below :-
N50 A(C-B-D). EA(C-E)
You will find the cache a short distance away, how you get there is your choice but there is roadside parking nearby.
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.