St Brides Major
St Brides Major is a village situated in the western reaches of the Vale of Glamorgan approximately 4 miles from Bridgend and 20 miles from Cardiff. It is close to the coast being only a mile or so away from Dunraven Bay and the Galmorgan Heritage Coast. The village has a population of just under 2000 residents and benefits from a primary school, village shop and two public houses. A number of clubs and societies meet at the local village hall as well as the Vale Explorer Scout unit in the nearby Scout Lodge.
One of the features of the village is Pitcot Pool along with the old village pump which was restored (although not to pump water) in commemoration of St Brides Major winning the best kept village in the Vale of Glamorgan in 1993, which incidentally is also commemorated on the village sign. Further details about the village and its history can be found on the St Brides Major village web site.
At the listed coordinates you will find the St Brides Major village sign and also the war memorial. The cache can be found by gathering information from the war memorial, and is a short stroll away.
N 51 27.ABC W 003 35.DEF
A = Number of letters in Bruce's surname
B = The middle initial of William Irvine (A=1, B=2...)
C = The number of men commemorated for World War Two minus 2
D = The position on the list of names on the memorial of Ellen
E = The number of Lindsays who died in World War 1
F = The initial of the other woman named on the memorial - second from bottom (A=1, B=2...) minus 2
Street parking is available close to the listed coordinates but it can get busy at school run times and please be mindful of residents. Bring your own pen.
Village signs is a series of caches based on the ornate signs that depict the heritage, history and culture of the villages that put them up (normally on the village green!). The signs can be made of different materials from fibreglass to wood, from forged steel to stone. They can depict anything from local industry to historical events. The tradition probably stated in Norfolk or Suffolk and has now spread across most of the country.
If anybody would like to expand the Village Sign Series, please do. I would ask that you let Smokeypugs know first at www.villagesignseries.co.uk so they can keep track of the Village Sign numbers and names to avoid duplication.