Welcome to the Village Sign Series! Village signs is a series of caches based on the ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (normally 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 stated in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country.
Park Street is a small Hertfordshire village in the parish of St Stephen on Watling Street by the river Ver in the City and District of St Albans.
It is thought unlikely the name 'Park' comes from the usual meaning of an enclosure of land for the purpose of hunting but rather simply designates an enclosure of some kind derived from the Saxon word for enclosure which is ‘pearroc’. The village lies on the Roman Road of Watling Street which forms the main street and continued as a trunk route for travellers going to and from the north from London during Saxon and Norman times.
The immediate village has fourteen heritage-listed buildings on Watling Street – the majority of the rest being brick built early Victorian buildings – though Toll Cottage on Bury Dell just to the east is 17th century . Most significantly to this area would have been the passing trade for villagers to sell their ale and produce along Watling Street and easy access to the markets in the nearby pre-Roman settlement,
On to the cache:
On the bench in front of the Village Sign, the number of lines on the inscription = A
The number of letters in the last word of the inscription = B
On the nearby lamp post, the last digit of the number = C
On the rear of the No Through Road sign, the number immediately following PAF = D
On the nearby postbox, at the bottom is a phone number (NOT the Minicom number), 3rd digit + 4th digit = E
On the red sign behind the Village Sign, sum of the digits + the number of letters = F
The final location of the cache is at
N 51° 43.ABC W 000° 20.DEF
PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE THE STAMP FROM THE CACHE, IT IS NOT A SWAP ITEM
BEWARE OF MUGGLES THE OTHER SIDE OF THE FENCE
If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first at www.villagesignseries.co.uk so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.