A Fine Pair # 818 ~ Upton Cheyney
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Number 818 in a series of caches where a red telephone box is in close proximity to a post box.
The only rules are that they have to be able to be photographed together, be not more than 100’ apart and the phone boxes have to be red.
This is our first cache in the UK and we wanted to place a simple one near the Chilli Farm in Upton Cheyney, so this ‘fine pair’ presented itself as an ideal place nearby. For the last few years Manor Farm has held an annual Chilli Festival in September. The highlight of the festival is the chilli eating competition, featuring a dozen or so mad contestants who eat hotter and hotter chillis until there is just one left standing! Both my sons are crazy enough to have entered this competition and one of them has even won it twice!
The farm has a nice cafe and farm shop open on weekends and a campsite. There is also a pub nearby if you wish to stop for a drink or something to eat in this lovely area.
It is thought that the name Upton Cheyney is derived simply from the words ‘upper farmhouse’. Archaeological records indicate the site of a Roman settlement to the south-east of the village and at nearby Pipley Bottom the stepped terraces, cut by Romano-Britons for vine cultivation can still be seen. It is likely that the present settlement grew up around springs and above the marshy river valleys. Manor Farm at the junction of Wick Lane was mentioned in the Domesday Book and most of the buildings in the village were constructed between 1690 and 1830.
The Fine Pair series was originally started by wizardsmum but is now managed by mattd2k
If anybody would like to place 'A Fine Pair' of their own please do. I would just ask that you first visit www.afinepair.co.uk to request a number to avoid any duplication
mattd2k also keeps a public Bookmark List of this series. Once your cache is published please contact him via firstname.lastname@example.org to have yours added