November 13 – A few church micros around How Caple and Brockhampton-by-Ross

Capler Camp

Hello from 1066 – A Medieval Mosaic

I have found a nice walk of geocaches around Brockhampton to do with the dogs as it is a lovely autumn day and it would be a pity not to make the most of it. We may find a church micro or two on the way.

The 13th-century church of St Andrew and St Mary stands in the grounds of How Caple Court, and boasts richly coloured stained glass windows. The church is built upon the foundations of an earlier Norman church but the current building is largely a 17th-century rebuilding. Inside the church is a Norman font and an unexpected treasure of an early 16th-century German diptych, now partially restored. There was a late 17th-century screen with twisted columns and arch and a Willian III royal coat of arms. How Caple church had a carved wooden altar and heavily sculptured reredos depicting the Last Supper made in 1918. There was also a decorated wooden rood screen. There are several ledger stones to the Gregory and Poole families and a few characters on the stones have been gilded. There were also some lovely stained glass windows by a variety of makers including A.J Davies, Arthur Clayton and Powell & Sons. I especially love the window by A.J. Davies from 1925 which is all in blue and white.

There was an  Act of Parliament mahogany wall clock from 1797. An Act of Parliament clock is a type of large clock originally hung in inns and taverns in the United Kingdom, beginning in the mid-18th century. Such clocks were plain in design, the faces were around two to five feet in diameter, and they were hung on the wall. They are also commonly called tavern clocks. The term Act of Parliament clock came about long after these clocks were already in existence. In 1797, a tax against clocks of five shillings was introduced in the Kingdom of Great Britain by Prime Minister William Pitt. The tax was very unpopular among clockmakers and was repealed after nine months.

We did several caches around How Caple including the church micro and then onto Brockhampton. Pema and Pinga did not seem to be overly enthusiastic about our game of finding little boxes but they loved the walk.

Around Brockhampton – Capler Camp geocache took us a while to find and we thought we were going to have to give up. In fact, I had just written down DNF in my notebook when I saw the cache. It was 4 feet up which was not what the hint said and it was grey so it was pretty hard to see. We had looked in this spot several times before it suddenly appeared. The dogs found geocaching very boring. Oh dear, at least they are getting a good walk. Capler Camp is an iron age hill fort that was surveyed in 1924. The defensive ditches were found to have been cut into the natural rock of the hill but there did not seem to be any evidence of occupation. Later in 2004, a geophysical survey was carried out and they discovered what appears to be an iron age roundhouse so there must have been some occupation. There were great views all around both from the parking and the cache site itself.

Brockhampton church is lovely with lots of wonderful embroideries and tapestries. The first I noticed was a sampler with lots of plants embroidered on which had been made as an altar frontal and given to the church in 1960 to celebrate the embroider’s 70th birthday. There were also some long embroidered seat covers. The altar frontal on the altar is absolutely gorgeous and is three dimensional with a grape motif and gold yarns. There was a matching parament for the lectern and the grape motif is also on the circular font. Either side of the altar were two angel tapestries made by the William Morris workshop to the design of Edward Burne-Jones. There were some lovely stained glass windows including one with four angels playing musical instruments and one with nine saints above the altar. We collected the numbers for the geocache but the numbers seemed wrong and were pointing in the middle of a field. I looked at the hint and took a punt on a tree outside the church property and much to our surprise I found the cache. Not sure what we had wrong as we double checked the numbers.

A lovely day with lots of walking, five geocaches found and enjoying the autumn weather with the dogs.