Christchurch began as a Saxon settlement on a triangular piece of land between the river Stour and the river Avon. It was originally named Tweoxneam, Saxon for 'between 2 rivers.'
In the 11th century, according to legend , St Catherines Hill was chosen for the site of a church. Each evening the builders would finish work but when they came back the next morning the building work was undone and the materials had moved to a new site. One day a beam was cut too short and a stranger miraculously lengthened it. The builders decided the stranger must have been Jesus Christ, so they built the church (the Christchurch Priory) on the new site, and changed the name of the town to Christchurch.
Christchurch appears in the Domesday book as a village with a population of around 170 people and a water mill to ground flour. According to the 2013 census, the population has now grown to 48,368.
At the village sign, look at the information on the sign and also observe the seat around the sign. Determine A through F as follows:
The sign was restored in 20AB.
The year of the village sign competition was 19CD
E= The number of pillars supporting the seat around the sign
The sign design won fourth place in the competition with a prize of F00 pounds
The final cache location is N50 44.(B+C)(A+B)(E-B-F) W001 44.(B+C)(E-B-F)(A+B+D)
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.