The Local area around Stoney Stanton has an active Geocaching community with nearly 300 live caches within a 4 mile radius. The area is easily accessible via the M69 junction 2 coming from the North and Junction 1 coming from the South
At the heart of the village, not far from the crossroads, stands the parish church of St.Michael, first recorded in 1149. More can be read about the church on its website - See Below
Click here for more information from the Church web site
This link takes you to a very interesting page about John Bold, which not only tells you of his dedicated life in service, but also gives you a real glimpse of social history of the times.
This is a church of ancient origin, with a typical Leicestershire spire atop its fourteenth-century tower. Only a few fragments of its very ancient past remain as it was largely restored in the nineteenth century.
On the north side over the present vestry door you can see a tympanum which was removed from a Norman doorway when the present south aisle was added in the 1850s. This probably dates from 8th century and shows a bishop (it has been suggested that it may be a representation of St.Wifred), the lion of the Gospel and the Holy Spirit, represented by a dove, overcoming the demons of paganism. This suggests that this may have been a pagan site in pre-Christian times.
Against the east Window is the grave of John Bold, an eighteenth-century curate, a man of great sanctity who devoted his ministry to the good of local people.
Inside the church you will find a most remarkable piece of furniture - it is the ancient parish chest, of great antiquity, constructed by the 'dug-out' method, possibly in the years following the conquest.
The tower has eight bells, remarkable among bellringers for a peal of 12,896 changes of Cambridge Surprise Major, rung in 7 hours, 35 minutes on 28 April 1923.
NOW TO FIND THE CACHE
At GZ you will find yourself at the gates of the Church. You need to enter the Churchyard to gather information that will help you plot your next waypoint. You can find all necessary info by staying on the footpaths and there is no need to walk on the grass.
1. Poor Emma Taylor. She didnt have much of a life. How old was she when she died? Answer = A and B
2. Find the grave of John Bold. Read the description again if you dont want to circle the footpaths in a frenzy. It tells you clearly where he lies. Next to him lies another esteemed cleric. He was not just a Reverend, but a ....... Reverend. How many letters in the word that preceeds Reverend? Answer = C
3.Sapper A.R.Chapman died in 1919 . We wonder what his story was....How old was he when he died? Answer = D and E .
4. Harder ( perhaps!) to find is F.L. who departed this life in 18?7 ?= F
5. Now find a certain John , who died on January 8th 1874. His surname is an old Stoney Stanton name that is sometimes spelt differently . How many letters in his surname? ?= G
6. NOTE THE FINAL WAYPOINT PLACES YOU WITHIN 5-6 METRES OF GZ. PLEASE USE HINT TO REFINE YOUR SEARCH
N52 DE.(D+F)(C+E)(C-A) W001 AF.(B-A)(G-G)(G-C)
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