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Newport By Numbers (Shropshire)

Hidden : 1/23/2006
Difficulty:
3 out of 5
Terrain:
2 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

There is painting by numbers but who wants to watch paint dry when you could be out geocaching in the picturesque Shropshire market town of Newport! "Newport By Numbers" is a multi-stage cache which takes you on a walking tour of some of the historic sites in the town and then onwards to a final cache with great views.

This multi-cache was set up by The Bolas Heathens and has been adopted by Heidi Seekers.

Finding the cache
The co-ordinates listed above are for the first stage of the cache.


Suggested parking is at Waitrose (see the additional waypoints) and is free at the moment, with a maximum stay of 2 hours. This should be plenty of time to gather the clues you need - you can easily complete the cache in less than an hour with a fast walk. The order of the virtual caches takes you on a nice circular walk around the town. You then have all the details you need to find the final cache. The final cache is a short drive from the town centre.  

There are 8 virtual caches to find which then lead you to a regular sized cache box at the end which contains a number of goodies, plus a logbook and pencil.

The town of Newport
Newport is a delightful place to visit, shop or simply muse around. Did you know that Newport is a new town or rather was in the 12th century, planned by the Normans, with narrow burgage plots? Throughout the ages Newport has been known as Nova Burga or Newborough. Few of the mediaval buildings survived the great fire of 1665, when over 100 residents also perished.


So, why a "port"? Newport had a thriving inland fishing industry providing fish to the Royal Court if it was in the vicinity. The church on the High Street was founded by Henry I and dedicated to St Nicholas, the patron saint of fishermen.

If you are caching on a Friday or Saturday, these are market days. Many traditions still abound such as the Newport and District Agricultural Soeciety's annual show on the 3rd Saturday in July, so if you have a prize cow or pig, bear this date in mind.




The Stages of the Multi

 Virtual Cache 1

N52 46.131 W002 22.698

What year was the big blue building built?

ABCD

 Virtual Cache 2

N52 46.(A+A)D(C-2) W002 22.(A+C)BC

What is the number of The Rotary Club Of Newport Shropshire?

EFG

Note: The location for this one has been recently refurbished and the sign with the details on does not seem to have been replaced. The number you need is 877.

 Virtual Cache 3

N52 46.AFC W002 22.FE(C-3)

What year did Martha Steventon die? (hint: it's somewhere near this location and is a tall grave)

HJKL

 Virtual Cache 4

N52 46.(A+H)H(H-A) W002 22.J(G-4)C

What year were the Alms Houses built?

MNPQ

 Virtual Cache 5

N52 46.MPQ W002 22.QN(A+H+M+C)

What year was the black and white timber frame building on the street corner built (it's the date higher up on the building - NOT on the shop itself)?

RSTU

 Virtual Cache 6

N52 46.D(S-A-R)K W002 22.ST(B+R)

What year did the Newport (Salop) Literary Society move to these premises?

VWXY

 Virtual Cache 7

N52 46.DXK W002 22.TP(A+H+V)

The council offices are based in this timbered building. What is the date on the main beam?

abcd

 Virtual Cache 8

N52 45.WJb W002 22.ba(d-c)

A historic building or a famous author? What is the street number of this place?

ef

Note: The location for this one has been recently refurbished and the sign with the details on does not seem to have been replaced. The number you need is 66.

 Final Cache

N52 46.(K+1)(f-5)(e-5) W002 23.WaD

We will leave you to find this youself ! On a clear day some great views are to be had from near this location and the sunsets are just stunning if you get chance to experience one.

 

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Ng onfr bs vil pbirerq ohfu / gerr

Decryption Key

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

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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