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It is well known that the 1960's New City of Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire was named after the two rival economists Milton Friedman and John Maynard Keynes. These two men shaped the way that the world runs its economies from the early 20th Century onwards. The Keynesian theory of Govenment, money and markets is now regarded as the definitive textbook...
Absolute and complete garbage!
Milton Keynes was named after one of the little villages that the sprawling city has now encompassed. The old village lies in one of the New City's gridsquares, trapped like a fly in amber, and preserved from the ravages of the buldozer. There are in fact seven other old villages similarly trapped within the city structure, and in time I might place caches in those ones too. Each one is a fascinating step back in time, like some kind of living museum. None of them technically are in Buckinghamshire any more since Milton Keynes is now a Unitary Authority, outside the county of Buckinghamshire, hence the caveat in the short description above.
The co-ordinates above will lead you to the village green, from where you can start collecting the clues. Start off in the centre of the village, (outside the village pub). You don't need to park your car here yet, but you can if you want to. The first clues *can* be done from inside the car if you want.
- How many individual black hinged doors does the bus shelter have? (= A)
- Also, somewhere opposite the end of Willen Road is a cluster of little "lollipops" put there by the water company. How many lollipops are there? (= B)
Take a drive up Willen Road towards the church.
- On the way, on your left is a yellow Fire Hydrant "lollipop" with another water board one adjacent. It has four digits across the top, plus the usual number in the upper and lower parts of the "H". The last two digits of the four across the top are C and D.
Drive on and when you get to the church, turn right into the road towards the designated car park and community centre. Park in the car park at the end of this little road. Take a stroll along the path from the car park towards the east, and within a few yards you will find a stone plinth with a plaque on it. In the middle of the plaque are three lines of text.
- How many letters in total on the middle line? (= E)
Now walk back via the car park to the main road by the church and carry on walking up that road. At the junction of Manor Close is another water company "lollipop".
- From the plaque, what is the "type"? (= F)
From the numbers above, you can calculate:G = 2 x A and H = (B + 1)
The final co-ordinates are given by the formula: N52 A.DCE W0 42.FGH
Thats it! Just remember as you walk, that you are really in the middle of a huge sprawling city, but you would never know it! It really is quite an incredible feeling. The cache is an ammo box painted dark green. In the box originally was a CD, a data tape, splitter, Batman video, a serial mouse, and of course the logbook and two pencils.