Progress at last.
You track down the man who found the paper, graciously paying him for access to document.
You quickly look to the first page and read it out.
Can you work out how to progress with your quest?
HintLook at the plaque on the wall of the Harrogate Theatre
Did you know?
Did you know: Charles Dickens visited Harrogate in 1858 and described it as “the queerest place with the strangest people in it leading the oddest lives…”
Ok, so you have four numbers: 1955. You turn the paper over and scribbled in small writing is another set of instructions:
“Find the smiling faces on the street where you stand, that link to William Shakespeare, the bard of this land
Look closely at the writing and the images you see, you will need to find the date, and present the numbers to me”
You think that rings a bell. Looking out from the theatre you turn right, keeping an eye for a clue to the bard himself.
HintThere is a plaque on the floor in the middle of the road – with a picture of two smiling faces ion the centre of it
Did you know?Did you know Harrogate has been voted the happiest place to live in Britain for the third year in a row by a Rightmove survey.
Well done team. You have now found 8 numbers. There’s nothing in the book that these link to so you feel they must be co-ordinates and pop them into your GPS. It tells you to continue walking onwards to the end of Oxford Street in the way you were previously travelling, before turning left onto Cambridge Road.
You have read many stories about the Tsarina visiting the Church you come to on your left, and there are even tales of her taking the design of the church home to Russia for inspiration to build a new palace.
You GPS has taken you to this location. So you know there must be a clue here.
But what is it?
All you see written in the diary are the words “WINDOWS 3 numbers”
HintLook above the main entrance to the large Rose window, Working left to right count up the number of circular sections in each separate segment of the window to give you a three digit code, the first being 3
Did you know?More than three million visits have been made over the last 12 months to Harrogate’s Valley Gardens which covers 17 acres of park, woodlands, and floral displays. The park is also thought to have more mineral springs than any other known place on earth - with 36 of Harrogate’s 88 mineral wells found within the gardens.
373…..that must be it. You turn the diary to page 373.
You see some writing that just says "M parade".
You think you know where that must be. You continue up the hill slightly then turn right onto Cambridge Crescent keeping the war memorial on your left.
Cross safely over the roads towards Betty’s tea rooms then turn left onto Parliament street, then turning right onto Montpellier Parade.
You know you need to keep an eye out for the tree you can see in the picture below?
Can you see any difference?
HintYou will need to do a little subtraction from big to small
Did you know?In 2013 Harrogate beat the likes of Paris, Rome and Vienna to be named one of the world’s most romantic destinations.
Yes. That has to be it, you quickly turn the diary to page 151.
In the diary you see a list of three houses, but you are fairly certain from your previous research when she came to England, she stayed in four.
You turn right onto Montpellier Hill walking in the same direction of traffic and lost in your thoughts you turn right onto Montpellier Street. Racking your brains, you look to the left and suddenly see what is written on one of the large stone beams above the first Window to the Montpellier Pub: COTTLAND HOUSE.
You sense the others must be close and keep a beady out to see if you can find the fourth missing house nearby.
HintLook on the buildings to your right above the doorways
Did you know?The name Harrogate is first attested in the 1330s as Harwegate, Harougat and Harrowgate. The origin of the name is uncertain. It may derive from Old Norse hǫrgr 'a heap of stones, cairn' + gata 'street', in which case the name presumably meant 'road to the cairn'. Another possibility is that the name means "the way to Harlow".
Underneath the houses is the word “CUPID”
You remember a statue linked to the Tsarina. You continue down Montpellier Street until you can turn left onto Montpellier Mews.
When you reach the end you will turn left again onto Montpellier Gardens and then right into Montpellier road, walking against traffic. Keep going until you get to the junction with Crescent road. Can you find Cupid in the Gardens somewhere and who is he dancing with?
HintLook at the statue in the middle of the gardens…..can you see who is the other figure to Cupid?
Did you know?Harrogate hosted the popular song contest Eurovision in 1982 at the Harrogate Convention centre. The U.K entry into Eurovision that year was Sally Ann Triplet and Stephen Fischer performing “One Step Further” under the name Bardo. They finished 7th; well done them!
You quickly research it’s meaning: “Citadel of the Famous Springs”
You know exactly where to go.
Facing away from Cupid turn right and go up Crescent road, up the hill towards the pump house an entrance to a gardens.
What is the name of the gardens you can see?
HintIt is in between two hills.
Did you know?
Harrogate spa water contains iron, sulphur and common salt. The town became known as 'The English Spa' in the Georgian era after its waters were discovered in the 16th century.
You flick to these pages, there seems to be a mixture of puzzles and letters and all sorts.
You get a piece of paper and draw them out; however they still don't make much sense.
You now have a grid of letters, a series of shapes and a quote of text.
You know this may be your final clue. But what does it mean?
Can you match up the shapes to get four words to give you the location of where the egg is buried?
HintThe square shape covers the BOYS to give you boys. Can you work out the other three. Write them in the order denoted on the blocks, so boys would be the fourth word.