July 8 – A Visit to Chichester Cathedral

A Challenge, Church Micros, A travel bug and an Earth-cache

Hello from 1066 – Medieval Mosaic

This morning I registered our intention to do a special geocaching challenge where we have to find 26 puzzles with names starting with all the 26 letters of the alphabet. We have done a cache like this before in New Zealand but for this one, you have to log your intention in advance and are not allowed to use previously found caches. At home, this wouldn’t take too long but in the UK there are so many caches to do that we tend to avoid the puzzle ones unless they are church micros. The first cache for the day is also a challenge where the cache code has to include the first 100 symbols of elements on the periodic table. We have a cool program called ‘project geocaching’ which will check all your finds to see if you have completed the challenge requirements and we do. The hard part was trying to find the entrance to the woodland and after driving around a housing estate we finally found the track and the cache. An excellent challenge.

The first church to be visited was Westbourne which is a village beside Emsworth. I made a mistake collecting the numbers and didn’t have an E but I soon corrected it so we soon had our first church micro for the day. St John the Baptist is a lovely church with a very nice font cover and some lovely stained glass windows. It also has a cool avenue of yew trees. We were just leaving when we realised that there was another multi around the church using similar questions so we did that one too. The box when we find it was damaged and the snails had eaten the log book. Then we went on to Fishbourne and did one church micro there too. We picked up a travel bug here which started its journey in Germany and has travelled 22065.9km so far.We did think about going to visit the Fishbourne Roman Villa but we wanted to go to Chichester Cathedral so went there instead.

It was a special treat to visit Chichester Cathedral as it was one of William the Conqueror’s first cathedrals. Following the Norman Conquest in 1066, cathedrals located in out of the way places were transferred to greater centres of population so in 1075 the See of Chichester was established and the cathedral moved from Selsey. We entered by an alternative door so we ended up going around the cathedral twice, once to see the cathedral and the second time in order to find all the numbers for the church micro. The two huge painted reredoses were particularly fantastic and there are so many brilliant stained glass windows. The Marc Chagall window is quite spectacular but a little too modern for our taste. The church at Tudeley in Kent has all Chagall windows but the day we visited we were too late so we will have to go back again. The 16th-century wooden panels are fantastic. I wonder why the three to the right are blank. We only had two hours on our park and we were running seriously late and then got lost and were walking in completely the wrong direction. Luckily we asked directions and arrived back at the car with a minute to spare, just before the ticket writer swooped in. We did manage to get two other caches, Nano by the Cross, the cross was a bit confusing but turned out to be a big building in the middle of the road from which North, south, east and west directions radiated. The other was a church micro earth-cache at St Olave’s. It used to be a church but is now a bookshop and the oldest building in Chichester. This small church in the northern quarter of the city centre underwent restoration in 1851 but is originally 11th-century with some 13th-century work