Just outside the village of Clophill lie the ruins of the church of St Mary. The church is a prominent feature of the landscape and commands an impressive view of the surrounding countryside. The building, of which the tower and parts of the nave remain, provides a fine example of local materials and craftsmanship. If you look carefully you can see some of the green sandstone that gives the 'Greensand Ridge' its name. A church has been on this site for at least the last 850 years, but the present structure is the remains of a 15th century church. Original consecration crosses survive scratched into the mediæval lime plaster. Architecturally the church is particularly interesting, having two extremely large Perpendicular windows in the north and south sides of the nave, and some archaeologists believe that the site may hold valuable historical secrets. The church was declared redundant in 1972 and was purchased by the County Council in 1977 for consolidation and maintenance, but has had a troubled past including many antisocial activities like vandalism and desecration.
In March 1963 and on Midsummer’s Eve 1969, attempts to revive the Black Mass were carried out here. On the first occasion, the tomb of an 18th century apothecary’s wife was torn open and her 200-year-old bones arranged in a circle about the gutted knave of the church. Perhaps it was an attempt at necromancy, in which the Black Magicians are supposed to summon and speak with the spirit of the dead. On the second occasion, tombs were again smashed open and graves desecrated, perhaps as part of some fantastic ritual. Only one thing is known for sure... you won’t catch me up there after dark!!!
If you're feeling particularly lazy, you can drive right up to the church. Turn off the A6 just north of the 'Flying Horse' round-a-bout and drive east through the village. The lane up to the church starts opposite the white, thatched cottage at N52° 01.898' W000° 24.524'. The track is a bit rough at first but smooths out once you get past the houses. There's room to park 3 or 4 cars by the church but please don't obstruct the lane as it is the access road to Pedley Wood Farm.
At the quoted co-ordinates you will find a 3.1/2" long, 1" diameter black plastic tube containing the instructions for finding the location of the final cache. The final cache box is painted black and suitably labelled. It's hidden just off the Greensand Ridge Footpath about 1/4 mile from the church. It's an easy walk with just a couple of 'kissing gates' to negotiate but like most footpaths, it may be muddy after rain.
The photos from the camera in the original cache can be viewed here. If you recognise anyone, please email me and I'll add their name to the photo.
Please DO NOT leave sharp, pointy things or items of food or drink in the cache.