A beautifully carved Village Sign in the small village of Redbourne, adding to the Village Sign series.
The name REDBOURNE is derived from the old English name HREODBURNA meaning reedy burn, having reference to the stream which flows through the village.
- The knight in armour on the front of the sign is Sir Gerald Sothill who owned the castle, the site of which is to the East of St Andrew's Church. His tomb is in the church on the North side of the chancel.
- The Falcon denotes the association of Redbourne with the Dukedom of St Albans which carries the hereditary title of Grand Falconer of England.
- The propeller refers to the building of the airfield on land situated to the North East of the village.
- The main activity in the village has been farming which is depicted by the ears of wheat which are carved on the side of the post.
- The dog's head, on the back of the post is the logo of the master craftsman Richard Collinson of Brigg who carved the sign.
- The sign was erected to commemorate the Millenium.
The cache is not at the published coordinates, these will take you to Redbourne Village Sign where you will be able to get some information to obtain the final coordinates.
The final coordinates are N53 29.2AB W000 31.9CD
A = How many ears of wheat are carved on the right side of the post?
B = Sir Gerald Sothill died in 1B10
C = The Redbourne Estate was ultimately sold in 191C
D = How many letters are there in the 9th word of the 9th line of the plaque?
Parking is available at the car park next to the 17th Century coaching house which is attached to an old fire station containing an original horse drawn fire engine.
Hopefully, the cache shouldn't be too difficult to find but any problems, please let us know.
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.