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War Memorial #253 ~ Swaffham Prior Multi-cache

Hidden : 05/29/2017
2 out of 5
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

The war memorial inside St Mary's church, Swaffham Prior, is one of most magnificent and unusual ones we have ever come across, and takes the form of three beautiful stained glass windows, a stone cross and several brass plaques set in the north aisle wall.

Two of the windows are 'War' and the third 'Peace'. They were designed by C. P. Allix using cuttings from his scrapbook, and the memorial was dedicated in 1919. As Allix was very interested in machinery, the two 'War' windows feature many weapons and engines of war such as a howitzer, artillery shells, liquid fire, a zeppelin, a tank, a German aeroplane, a ship, two submarines and mines, as well as a field telegraph tent, a captured dugout, a YMCA hut, a motor field kitchen with red cross workers, the water pipeline across the Sinai peninsula, the sinking of the Lusitania, a red cross hospital, the Statue of Liberty and an army chaplain.

The 'Peace' window features Christ the Good Shepherd, ploughing, gathering grapes, wood-cutting, milking, digging, grinding corn, carting, the Parable of the Sower, sheep, cattle and camels, harvesting and threshing.


You are advised to park at the parking waypoint P1 (N52 15.084 E 000 17.815). For one thing the final location can be accessed easily from here!

The cache is not at the given coordinates which are between the TWO churches. To have two churches in one churchyard is a very unusual occurrence!. Go to the doorway of St Mary's first.

If St Mary’s is OPEN, go in and feast your eyes on the images of war and peace in the three amazing and incredibly rare stained-glass windows that comprise the war memorial on the north (left) wall – see pictures above. Find the image of the YMCA hut and count how many windows there are in the hut’s long side wall. This is A.

The cache is at N52 15.1(A–4)(A+2) E000 17.(A+2)(A–4)0

If St Mary’s is CLOSED, then count the number of metal circles on St Mary's porch gate. This is BC. Then go up the path to the right, past the (redundant) church of St Cyriac and St Julitta. Go out through the gate, across the way and into the ‘extension’ cemetery beyond (gate at waypoint T1: N52 15.036 E000 17.779). Just next to the cemetery path, about half way down on the left is the cream-coloured (Commonwealth Wargraves Commission) grave of Lt Edwin Preston who died aged DE while serving with (of all things) the Home Guard!

The cache is at N52 15.1(E)(D+C+B) E000 17.(D+C+B)(E)0

Either way you should get the same answer!

If anybody would like to expand to this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Just-us-Two know first at so they can keep track of the memorial numbers and names to avoid any duplication.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)