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Caches No’s 5122 to 5133 – A Trip To That London

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Caches No’s 5122 to 5133 – A Trip To That London

For a Christmas present to myself I had bought a ticket for the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London, well I’d bought two because I wasn’t going to go on a jolly alone was I ?
No, Angel78 was coming with me.We actually stayed a couple of days and went to Windsor Castle the following day, but there was no caching that day

27th January 2020 – Tower Hill History Lab Cache #1 London Wall – cache #5122
We stayed in Slough and went into London on the train, bought an ‘All Zone’ ticket and made full use of it, I think we made 12 separate journeys in one day
First we went to the Tower of London area to do the Lab Caches there
First up was the Roman Wall

27th January 2020 – Tower Hill History Lab Cache #2 Tower of London – cache #5123
Then the Tower of London Information Centre and Ticket Office

27th January 2020 – Tower Hill History Lab Cache #3 The Queen’s Stairs – cache #5124
Then the steps that used to lead to the tower from the river

27th January 2020 – Tower Hill History Lab Cache #4 Iron 18 Inch Mortar Canon – cache #5125
Some random artillery pieces displayed outside the tower

27th January 2020 – Tower Hill History Lab Cache #5 Tower Bridge- cache #5126
And finally Tower Bridge

27th January 2020 – Jack the Ripper Adventure Lab Cache #1 Elizabeth Stride – cache #5127
Just along the way from the Tower is Whitechapel and the sites of the Jack The Ripper murders… and another set of Lab caches based around where his victims died
The first body was found at the site of what at one time was a school

27th January 2020 – Jack the Ripper Adventure Lab Cache #2 Mary Ann Nichols – cache #5128
There was a pub here in the past…. you can still tell by the sign in the brickwork and get the answer if you can read it !

27th January 2020 – Finsbury Circus GCK63N – cache #5129
In the middle of the series we went to the pub to shelter from a bit of rain, and the pub was near Finsbury Circus which is a green space with tennis courts and the like.
The cache was a virtual based at the Drinking fountain which was not so easy to find as there was a lot of construction going on about, and it was almost dark and in the pouring rain… but we found it in the end

Angel78 then had to google the history of The Metropolitan Drinking Fountain and Cattle Trough Association… Found out they were still active today and sort of made us want to start a cache series on water fountains and troughs as their website has a long list of them all over the country

27th January 2020 – Jack the Ripper Adventure Lab Cache #3 Mary Jane Kelly – cache #5130
The next Lab Cache was just outside Spitalfields Market and what was the Corporation of London Fruit Exchange building

27th January 2020 – Jack the Ripper Adventure Lab Cache #4 Annie Chapman – cache #5131
Annie Chapmans body was found near what is now a Chinese Restaurant

27th January 2020 – Jack the Ripper Adventure Lab Cache #5 Catherine Eddowes – cache #5132
And Catherine Eddowes was found where this strange statue stands today, reminds me of a melted candle

27th January 2020 – Paddington Dare GC3B88 – cache #5133
After a days caching, sightseeing and Egyptologising we were heading back to Slough via Paddington Station so it would have been rude not to go look for this virtual cache at the Paddington statue – which was rather smaller than I was expecting !

We took photographs and then over the tannoy came the announcement that our train was leaving in exactly 60 seconds… and as it was going from Platform 14…waaayyy out on the other side of the station we had to really run to jump on the train just before it pulled out… next train wasn’t for half an hour or more.

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