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Eckington: Hi, this looks like the cache needs some TLC. Could the owner please undertake a maintenance visit to check it out and replace any damaged items. In the meantime I'm archiving it but I'll happily unarchive it if/when it's sorted assuming it still meets the guidelines.

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Let's Get This Party Started!! (revised)

A cache by Grrlfrog & DerekReed Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 3/15/2003
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Size: Size: regular (regular)

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A nice drive to East Worldham, a nice walk and a beautiful view await the seeker. Ultimately you should happen upon the Scooby-Doo lunch box, filled with plenty of Scooby Snacks!! Feel free to log this cache again if you logged it at its' previous location. Also, you can combine this find with "St. Leonard’s Cache" (GCE144) in Hartley-Mauditt for a fabulous walk through the countryside.

If you journey by car, the closest parking coordinates
are at The Three Horseshoes in East Worldham:
N 51 08.230 W 000 55.969

The footpath starts:
N 51 08.209 W 000 55.871


East Worldham Church School was built in 1864. When Adeline Farshaw arrived in January 1890 as school mistress, she found that order and discipline were bad. Of the 68 children on the roll, only 47 were present the first week. In February she reported that it was impossible to follow the course of lessons because there was not enough chalk and not enough slates.

The local public house, called the Three Horse Shoes, was licensed in 1834 and rebuilt in 1884. In a sale document it was described as "well-frequented" and was let for 100 GBP per year. The adjoining house was called "Huntons" and its gardens now forms the car park. During Queen Victoria's reign the publican of the public house was Henry Newman. He was a local man and also the blacksmith, shopkeeper, and victualler. He died in 1890 at age 94. The Three Horse Shoes retains the name today and is an open and active pub.

(from Images of England; Alton and Its Villages)

St. Mary's Church in East Worldham contains an interesting effigy. It is rumored to possibly be Philippa Chaucer, wife of the poet Geoffrey Chaucer. Experts suggest that it is Philippa on the basis of the wheel badge on her chest. But a close look at the badge reveals it to be a brooch where four of the wheel "spokes" are in fact folds of cloth. Philippa died in the 1380s or later, but the effigy is likely to be of the early 14th century, at the latest.

That leads to speculation that the effigy could be that of Margery de Venuz. She is the only female of the 13th and 14th centuries mentioned prominently in the VCH for the manor of East Worldham. The date fits. She died in 1325-7 and whilst the style of dress indicates a date in the second decade of the 14th century at the latest (see authority below), effigies could be commissioned while the subject was still alive. The VCH mentions some family drama. When John de Venuz died in 1325, his wife Margery continued in possession, but then her son had her ejected. She managed to reseize the manor, but then she must have died soon after because her son did inherit upon her death, and he himself died in 1327. If the effigy represents Margery, did the son have it installed in the church upon her death, and was it then tucked away under the floor shortly afterwards when the Venuz family lost possession after a protracted legal dispute and the new owners did not want any suggestion that the old family still had a claim?

(from (visit link)

After all that history, who wouldn't be up for a good time? Original Cache Contents:

~ Party Poppers
~ Mini 10-pin Bowling Set
~ Flying Saucer
~ Vicar's Teeth
~ Birthday Candles
~ Playing Cards
~ Fart Cushion
~ Streamers

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ybbx haqre gur IREL ovt gerr!!

Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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