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Bovine Cart (West Sussex)

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Hidden : 1/18/2004
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A short, pleasant walk along the causeway takes you to the ruins of Cowdray House in Midhurst, West Sussex

The ruins of Cowdray House

Nearby the cache are the ruins of the 16th Century Cowdray House. The House was given to Sir Anthony Browne in 1542 by Henry VIII following the dissolution of the Roman Catholic Church, surprising really as Browne was a staunch Roman Catholic. Brown also controlled Battle Abbey in East Sussex. There he destroyed many of the church buildings and evicted the monks. According to legend, the last monk of Battle Abbey cursed Browne, proclaiming that his family line with die out by fire and water.

Two and a half centuries later, workman preparing for the homecoming of the 8th Viscount Montague (a descendant of Browne) accidentally started a fire at the castle and it burned to the ground. Shortly after hearing of the fire the Viscount, who was taking a holiday on the Rhine in Germany at the time, was drowned in a boating accident.

A distinctive feature around this area are the many Cowdray estate houses with their yellow paint. This dates from when the Liberally inclined Pearson family bought the Estate at the end of the 1890s.

A large, free car park is available at N50°59.317' W000°44.231' (SU 88731 21789). Please keep to footpaths, you should nearly always be able to reach the cache without getting your feet wet if you do! In summer get the kids to take their buckets and spades as there is a small area of sand at N50°59.276 W000°43.976 (SU 89030 21719).

The ruins of Cowdray House

If you decide to park closer and take the shortest route do try to make a detour to see the ruins of Cowdray House and the River Rother. A raft race takes place on the river every August bank holiday.

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Additional Hints (Decrypt)

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(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



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