On the edge of Birklands, set back from the Ollerton-to-Mansfield road, a tall iron cross marks the site of a royal chapel, chantry, and hermitage dedicated to Edwin, King of Northumbria. A heap of old stones piled around the base of the cross is all that is left of the chapel where King John paid the hermit to pray for his soul.
The story says that the village itself owes its name to the Christian King Edwin, whose body perhaps had temporary burial here after he was slain in battle by Penda thirteen centuries ago. It was afterwards carried to Whitby for burial in the abbey between the moors and the sea.
To claim your find please attach a photograph of you stood at the location to your log and PM us the following answers.
1) What year was the cross placed?
2) Whats the oldest date mentioned?
3) How much was the hermit paid?
4) what is the male name in the heart on the tree to the right of you as you stand looking at the monument (you will need to walk to the tree to look at it).
* Photograph is not needed to claim a find but preferred.
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.