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The London Stone

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Hidden : 7/10/2003
Difficulty:
1.5 out of 5
Terrain:
1 out of 5

Size: Size: micro (micro)

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Geocache Description:

A magnetic key holder cache near the stone

The London Stone

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***30th August 2007***
The Cache is replaced - and moved a few yards east of the stone.

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Not many Londoners have even heard of the London Stone yet it is probably the single continuously recorded artefact in the City.

It is claimed to have been the stone of Brutus, who legend has it, founded London as the new Troy in pre-Roman times.
It was said, “so long as the stone of Brutus is safe, so long shall London flourish”

The twelfth century First Lord Mayor of London was named Henry Fitz-Ailwin de Londonstone. Showing how it represented power and authority.

In the fifteenth Century, the Poet Fabyan, claimed that it was a stone so pure that;
“Though some have it thrette… yet hurte had none”.
Some have said that is was somehow associated as a token of civic assembly, connected with the repayment of debts.
William Blake declared it to be the site of Druid executions, whose victims “groaned aloud on the London stone”

When “Jack Cade” stormed London in 1450, he made his way straight to the stone, touched it with his sword and claimed himself lord of the city.

According to Victorian county History it originally marked the centre of the old city.
It was taken from its original site in 1742 and placed within the walls of St Swithin’s Church. A German bomb destroyed the church in 1941 but the stone survived.

It is discussed more in Peter Ackroyd’s “London- The Biography”.
It is the running “cornerstone” in Edward Rutherford’s “London- The Novel”.

Please note that there is a nearby pub of the same name, with a very interesting interior- highly recommended.

The stone itself is now blackened and disregarded; hundreds of people pass it every hour.

More information about the London Stone can be found here:-
(visit link)

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Fg Fjvguvaf ynar- ba gur fvqr bs n enzf urnq

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
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N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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