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 so we thought we would base a series on them!
The following is taken from Wikipedia. Walpole is a small village and civil parish in the district of Suffolk Coastal in Suffolk, England. Walpole has a parish church (dedicated to St Mary), a redundant chapel (Walpole Old Chapel), but the primary school has closed. The village is on the River Blyth. Nearby settlements include the town of Halesworth and the village of Cookley. It is in the hundred of Blything. It had a population of 238 according to the 2011 census.
In 1870-72, Walpole was described as:
a parish, with a village, in Blything district, Suffolk; 2½ miles SW of Halesworth r. station. Pop., 540. Houses, 115. The manor belongs to Lord Huntingfield. There are an endowed Independent chapel, an endowed school, and charities £11.
The name 'Walpole' actually translates to 'Pool of the Britons'. Walpole has experienced many boundary changes over time. It was part of the Blything registration district until 1935 when the district was abolished to become part of Blyth, Wainford, and Lothingland registration districts respectively. Walpole joined the Blyth district, transferring a population of 16,640. Walpole remained part of the Blyth district until 1983 when this district too was abolished, to become parts of the Deben and Waveney registration districts respectively. It became part of the Waveney district in 1983 until 2010 when the district was abolished to become part of the Suffolk registration district.
Walpole appears in the Domesday Book, in the hundred of Blything. It has a population of 28 households- 6 villagers, 5 smallholders, and 17 free men. It has 6 men's plough teams, and other resources include a meadow of 6 acres, 30 woodland pigs, and 1 church. The lord in 1086 was Count Alan of Brittany. Walpole is known for being a sort of mecca for church crawlers- people who like to study the architecture of the church buildings rather than visiting for religious purposes themselves, with St Mary's Church and Walpole Old Chapel being the attractions here.
Another addition to the popular VIllage Sign Series. VS#1570 Walpole.
This is a simple 2 stage multi. At the published co-ordinates you will find a feature. Look for two dates these will give you ABCD EFGH.
The cache us located a short walk away at N52 19.(G-H) (B-F) (F-E) E001 28.(D) (C) (D+G) You will have to cross the road and the walk to GZ is along a narrow country lane, please take care with Children and pets. Although the hide is roadside I would strongly advise not to attempt parking there. Please use the parking Co-ordinates provided. Happy Caching!
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.