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A multi-cache based around Bournville village green.
Over 100 years ago, in 1895, George Cadbury began a housing project that defined new boundaries. His aim was to provide ordinary working class people with good-quality homes and a comfortable life style. He set out rules for construction that defined a minimum size for gardens, set aside land for parks and included the construction of village amenities such as shops, public baths, schools & museums. What is often not appreciated is that much of this was at personal expense and not restricted to Cadbury workers.
Bournville laid down a blueprint for several generations of housing development. The architects went on to build several garden cities around London in the 1920's. Even now, over a century later, town planners strive to go beyond 'housing' and create sustainable communities; something that so many modern housing projects fail to deliver, but was achieved in Bournville.
The listed co-ordinates are for Selly Manor, a Tudor manor house, which is the starting point for this trail.
There is plenty of parking at Bournville village green and on adjacent streets.
A 14th century manor house neighboured by a 13th century hall. Both were built by wealthy families in Birmingham but neither stands at its original location. George Cadbury had both buildings taken down and reconstructed piece-by-piece to save them from demolition and provide Bournville with a museum.
N 52°25.842 W 001°56.048
Find the entrance sign and count the number of letters in uppercase - including words written horizontally and vertically: AB.
The Meeting House
The creation of a new village meant building everything from scratch including places of worship. All religions were embraced from Evangelical to Serbian Orthodox. The Quaker Meeting House overlooks the village green and was completed in 1905.
N 52°25.818 W 001°56.166
Look around to find the sundial. Note down the time range in which the sundial is functional: C am till D pm.
One of the largest and finest Carillons in the country. The Carillon was built in 1906 at the request of George Cadbury after he visited Bruges and became enchanted with the sound of the Carillon he heard there. Various recitals and music events take place throughout the year in addition to which the carillon is played each Saturday at 12pm and 3pm. Guided tours also take place at these times.
N 52°25.770 W 001°56.168
Count the number of people carved into the central three panels below the bay window on the carillon tower: E.
You should now have digits A to E.
The cache can be found at: N 52°25.(D-A)(E+A)(E-A) W 001°56.(2A)(D+A)(E)
You are looking for a camouflaged micro, brown in colour, containing a log book only. Please bring a pen.
The cache is hidden in a popular park which will be busy on sunny/warm evenings and weekends. It will be very challenging to access the cache at such times. The difficulty rating does take into account that you may need to wait a while and use stealth tactics to grab the container un-noticed.
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum