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VS #285A - Hilton Traditional Geocache

Hidden : 03/29/2017
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1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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About Village Sign Caches


This cache belongs to the Village Sign Series, a series of caches based on ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (generally on the village green!).

The signs can be made of different materials from fibreglass to wood, from forged steel to stone. They can depict anything from local industry to historical events. The tradition probably started in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country so we thought we would base a series on them!

More information, bookmarks and statistics can be found at the Village Signs Website

If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series, please do.
I would ask that you request a number for your cache first at
so we can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.

This cache replaces This one which I foolishly let get archived - DOH!

Hiltone (12th century), Hulton (13th century) and Hilton (Modern)

Hilton is a village in present-day Cambridgeshire, East Anglia, England, about 11 miles (18 km) northwest of Cambridge. The parish adjoins the parishes of Elsworth, Fenstanton, Hemingford Abbots, Hemingford Grey, Papworth Everard and Papworth St Agnes. The parish church is dedicated to St Mary Magdalene and has a peal of six bells. Historically the village was in Huntingdonshire for over a thousand years until 1974.

Hilton is one of the southern most parishes of the district, it stretches up to the crossing of the B1040 from St Ives with Ermine Street A14(t). This point is 114 feet above seal level. The village lies nearly 2 miles north of this crossing and 4 miles south of St Ives. A byroad links it with Fenstanton.

On the village green is a turf maze (or labyrinth) some 55 ft (16.5 m) in diameter, and one of only eight remaining in England. A stone pillar at its centre records that the maze was cut by William Sparrow (1641–1729) in 1660. The Latin inscriptions, above and below a coat of arms (presumably Sparrow's), reads:

"Sic transit gloria mundi" ("Thus the glory of the world passes away") "Gvlielmvs Sparrow, Gen., natvs ano. 1641. Aetatis svi 88 qvamdo obiit, hos gyros fornavit anno 1660" ("William Sparrow, Gentleman, born in the year 1641. Aged 88 when he died, he formed these circles in the year 1660").

The cache is near the village sign, but not on it. Please do not go climbing all over the sign!

A 30ml camo tube.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

fgnaq ba gur cngu. ybbx ng gur fvta. ybbx ng gur tebhaq. ybbx gb gur evtug bs gur fvta.sbyybj gur yvar npebff gur teniry gb gur gbcvnel. pnur ng onfr bs gbcvnel (gung'f n ohfu gb lbh naq zr!)

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)