Cross Lanes, Melcombe Bingham
The 790th in a series of caches where a red telephone box
is in close proximity to a post box
At the centre of Dorset, 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Dorchester and surrounded by chalk hills of the Dorset Downs, lies Melcombe Bingham, just one of a confusing plethora of place names containing Melcombe. As settlements have developed and grown then waned into desertion, the names have changed or been subsumed.
Melcombe Bingham is the name of the current modern settlement, while confusingly nearby is the deserted medieval village Bingham’s Melcombe, and this name is used to describe the church and its adjacent manor. To the west, at the end of a dead-end lane, is the former site of Melcombe Horsey, which dates back to Saxon times, and, although they owned the house for less than a hundred years, the parish derives its name from the Horsey family, who gained the seat during the reign of Henry VIII. Melcombe Horsey is now, confusingly, known as Higher Melcombe, a reference to the medieval place name for the settlement Upmelcombe or Overmelcome, from the Old English meaning upper or higher.
This Fine Pair is sited at Cross Lanes, the crossroads leading to the various Melcombes.
This is a traditional cache hidden at the given co-ordinates
The cache is a small magnetic container
PLEASE REHIDE CAREFULLY
The Fine Pair series was originally started by wizardsmum but is now managed by mattd2k
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