UPDATE UPDATE: It is back! So hunt away! See here for more info.
UPDATE: The cache has been pinched – so don’t go looking for it right now. I’ll replace it soon! See here for more info.
So this may look like a tube of vitamin pills, but is actually a secret stash of treasure, hidden somewhere in Blackheath. If you go to the Geocaching website, you will find these mysterious coordinates:
These correspond to a precise location on Planet Earth (note the extremely low “East” value, that should give you a hint). If you programme these numbers into a GPS unit, it will take you to the treasure.
When you get there, open it up, and mark your name on the log book inside (there is a pencil there too). If you want, you can also take the (extremely exciting) treasure inside. But you can only take the treasure if you replace it with something else. It can be any treasure at all, so long as it is legal, and isn’t perishable (no food or drinks).
Let me know if you find it!
I do like a vintage map or two, as you may remember. I’ve just found two amazing sites full of lovely antique London maps… You can almost smell the fustiness of the pages. I’m sure I’m not the first to find them, but nonetheless they’re worth a look.
The image above is a tiny section of the Blackheath map on mappalondon.com. The map was made by Edward Stanford in 1862 (now better known for their travel bookshop in Covent Garden). Stanford’s still sell the whole thing as a paperback for £33, or amazon sell the CD-ROM for £27.50. If only the map just went slightly further to the east!
Here’s a slightly earlier map showing a larger scale view of the whole of London at londonancestor.com. This site has much more than just maps, with loads of old newspaper clippings and other ephemera. The map is called “The Environs of London”, and was published by Baldwin and Cradock under “the Superintendence of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful knowledge”. It’s always nice when useful knowledge is diffused, I say…
I’ve finally put most of the posts from this blog onto a Google Map. You can see it by clicking the map below!
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