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VS#740 Billesdon

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Hidden : 10/04/2016
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Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

Another cache in the Village Sign Series. You are looking for a 2ml vial.

Billesdon is a village and civil parish in the Harborough district of Leicestershire, England, with a population of 745 according to the 2001 census, increasing to 901 at the 2011 census.The Domesday Book enumerated 25 people here in 1086. The number of households grew substantially between 1563 and 1670, from 38 to 134. In 1851 the village had 1,085 residents. Bricks and stockings were once manufactured here. By the 20th century Billesdon had reverted to an agricultural village. The population declined to 543 by 1931. Two fairs, annually on 23 April and 25 July, and a weekly Friday market, were granted in 1618. The market was held on the green, where Front Street meets the main road, and the base and shaft of the former market cross can still be seen. The market and one fair had been discontinued by the end of the 18th century, but one annual fair remained, and was noted for the sale of brass, pewter and toys. Cattle fairs were held from 1846 until the early years of the 20th century. The fields were enclosed in 1764. Land tax records of the 18th and 19th centuries give the impression of a village of smaller landholders. There was a parish workhouse in the village by 1776 Billesdon became the centre of a new poor law union in 1835, and a new workhouse at the west of the village, with an entrance from Coplow Lane opened in 1843. The building became a military hospital in the First World War. The old school, which still stands in the village, was erected by William Sharpe of Rolleston as a free school for the parish. It was also used for vestry meetings. The National School and master's house were built in 1875.


Standing at the Village Sign, look for a nearby road sign and note down the distances.

The cache can be found at N 52 36. (Gaulby + Bushby) (Tugby + Bushby) (Keyham + Bushby)

W 0 56. Keyham Tilton (Tugby – Gaulby)

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. 

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