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A Fine Pair # 1217 ~ London, Cavendish Square

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Hidden : 10/26/2018
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Size: Size:   other (other)

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Geocache Description:

Number 1217 in a series of caches where a red telephone box is in close proximity to a post box.

The only rules are that they have to be able to be photographed together, be not more than 100' apart and the phone boxes have to be red.

Given the number of red phone boxes and post boxes in London, there are surprisingly few A Fine Pair caches here. The posted co-ordinates will take you to a Fine Pair near Cavendish Gardens, one of London’s many green spaces. You will need to visit the co-ordinates, read the information below and answer the questions to claim a find.

This is the first earthcache in the Fine Pair series!

You can send your answers via messages on the geocaching website, or via email, no need to wait for a reply to log your find. I will contact you via the messages section to confirm your answers.

Please do not include the answers in your log.

This is intended to be a simple earthcache suitable for everyone and so the questions should be fairly straightforward. I have also rated this terrain 1 and anticipate it should be accessible to wheelchair users. If anyone has any difficulties or feels I have this wrong, please let me know so the rating can be amended.


First, the earth lesson!

There are three main types of rock - sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic.

Sedimentary rocks are formed by the deposition of sediment (small particles) on the earth’s surface or in bodies of water. The sediment builds up in layers, is compacted and becomes cemented to form rocks such as limestone and sandstone. This type of rock often has rounded grains in layers which can be visible to the naked eye.

Igneous rocks are formed from the cooling of magma (molten rock). Examples of this type include granite and basalt. Depending on the rate of cooling, the rock will contain crystals of different sizes; rapid cooling produces smaller crystals and slower cooling allows larger easily visible crystals to form.

Metamorphic rocks are formed from either igneous or sedimentary rocks that undergo a change (metamorphosis) due to heat and/or pressure. This type includes marble, usually light coloured but often with lines or swirls of darker minerals within it; and slate, a darker coloured rock which splits easily along lines of cleavage (foliation) perpendicular to the direction of pressure applied during formation.



Now, look at the steps of the building nearby. You do NOT need to climb up the steps to see what you need, please stay on the public pavement.


1- Name the two types of stone you can see on the steps and describe their features (colour, texture, whether there are any visible crystals or grains)

2- What types of rock are they? (eg sedimentary/igneous/metamorphic)

3- Who is named on the plaque on this building? Note there are two possible answers, either is acceptable!

4- Optional - if you wish to include a photo on your log I would love to see them, but this is completely optional!

Many thanks for visiting, hope you enjoyed it.

Congratulations to MaisyWasHere for FTF!

The Fine Pair series was originally started by wizardsmum but is now managed by mattd2k

If anybody would like to place 'A Fine Pair' of their own please do. I would just ask that you first visit to request a number to avoid any duplication

mattd2k also keeps a public Bookmark List of this series. Once your cache is published please contact him via to have yours added

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