The following information about this lovely Sussex village comes from the excellent Wikipedia:
The name Balcombe may mean "Mining Place Camp". Bal is a Cornish word meaning a mining place as in Bal Maidens, and the same word may have existed in Ancient British Celtic. Although Coombe or Combe can mean a valley, it can also come from the Roman "camp". So possibly from its name Balcombe could have once been a Romano-British mining settlement.
South of Balcombe on the London to Brighton railway line is the Ouse Valley Viaduct. Designed and engineered by John Urpeth Rastrick (1780–1856) in consultation with the talented architect David Mocatta, it was completed in 1842. It is 100 feet (30 m) high and 500 yards long. It has 37 arches and was built with 11 million imported Dutch bricks.
Balcombe sits in the middle of some lovely English countryside and is renowned far afield for the myriad hides of the distinguished cacher Flatcoat Walker(aka FCW) who lives not far away. The village is literally surrounded by her caches, set out in several well-maintained series, more than one of which dates back to 2008. In fact, her #1 Balcombe Boundaries is almost the nearest cache to this one. The nearest is probably our Fine Pair cache GC3Q3FK
A year or more ago, we had the intention of doing our first Village Sign cache here but when the moment came to look at it seriously, the sign had - shock, horror - been removed! Passing through recently, Mr AnT saw that a brand new sign has been erected! What better moment to publish a new cache?
Here are what the old and the new signs look like up close:
What are the differences?
The new sign contains the additional images of the Ouse Valley Viaduct and the village church, St. Mary’s (see also sadexploration’s Church Micro 2001...Balcombe GC305WZ for a bit of its history.
At, or very near, the published co-ordinates you will find – nailed onto a pole – a small, partly rusted metal plate with partially serrated top and bottom edges. The plate also has 6 digits punched into it. Let’s call the first 2 digits, which are on the upper line, A and B. On the lower line are 4 digits we will call C D E and F.
Substitute the numbers represented here by the above letters in the following data set which will then be the co-ordinates you need to find the cache.
N 51° 03.A(B+C)E W 000° 08.C(B-D)(A-C)
The container is a good-sized micro, double-boxed. Unfortunately, due to the proximity of other caches and a scout hut, we have had to give you a bit of a walk to the actual cache location. But not too far. Hope you enjoy it!
If anybody would like to expand this series please do. I would just ask that you let Smokeypugs know first so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.