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London's Secret Garden Virtual Cache

Hidden : 09/12/2017
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
1.5 out of 5

Size: Size:   virtual (virtual)

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Geocache Description:

The garden has 3 rules: no dogs, no ball games and no groups of over 5 people.
Please respect these wishes.
There is a small step down to find Sasha, I've marked the cache as not suitable for a chair as a result. If you can manage a kerb or have someone to grab the information, you will be able to find this cache.

In order to log this cache you will need to complete two tasks:

1) At the published coordinates you will find Sasha Jeffrey, please email me the two dates on Sasha's plaque.

2) Take a photo of the statue in the middle of the small pond and upload this onto your found log. Please include something with the date of your visit within the image. You log may be deleted without this.

Please do not wait for a response to the email before logging your find.

St John's Lodge Gardens, located to the north of the Inner Circle, was designed as a series of compartments ornamented with sculpture and stonework. It was made to be a garden 'fit for meditation' by Robert Weir Shultz in 1889.

The centrepiece to the gardens was originally St John the Baptist, but this has been replaced by Hylas and the Nymph statue by Henry Pengram.

Also, located within the gardens is the Goatherd's Daughter statue. This Grade II listed bronze statue of a woman carrying a young goat was erected in honour of Harold and Gertrude Baillie Weaver in 1932. Designed by Charles Leonard Harwell, he received a Silver Medal for this statue. The inscription reads: "To all the Protectors of the Defenceless".

A monument of Boys with armorial shields on pillars stands in the gardens in front of the Lodge. Likely installed for the Marquess of Bute, three were designed by Sir William Goscombe John in 1894, one by Harold Youngman in 1938 and the remaining two are undated.

St John's Lodge itself is a private residence, visitors can still access the gardens through a small gate along the Inner Circle, near the park office. The gardens have been open to the public since 1928.

St John's Lodge was originally built in 1818 by architect John Raffield for Charles Augustus Tulk. Although the lodge was the first house to be built in Regents Park, it was the second in the park to be occupied.

In 1847 it belonged to the wealthy and eminent Goldsmid brothers and was greatly enlarged by Charles Barry. In 1889 the lease was acquired by the 3rd Marquess of Bute, who commissioned Robert Weir Schultz to improve the garden layout.

The building was later used as a hospital for disabled officers during the First World War, it has also been the headquarters for several institutions. In 1987, it was bought by a development company for £9 million, and almost doubled in size to 35,000 square feet, before being sold in 1994 to the Brunei royal family for £40 million, making it the then most expensive single private house in the UK.

Thanks for visiting this special place, I hope you enjoy it.

Virtual Reward - 2017/2018


This Virtual Cache is part of a limited release of Virtuals created between August 24, 2017 and August 24, 2018. Only 4,000 cache owners were given the opportunity to hide a Virtual Cache. Learn more about Virtual Rewards on the Geocaching Blog.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)