One thing to remember is that the fibre cabinet must be located within a short distance (50m if I recall) of the "normal" copper cabinet, so if there was a cabinet halfway between your village and the exchange in the first place that is where the fibre twin must be located - not that it helps your current FTTC speed but would explain why the FTTC cab is where it is.
No, no cabinet between us and the exchange prior to the preparatory works for the FTTC. The FTTC box and "street cabinet" are new erections within a metre or two of each other at the location identified by MrSaffron earlier. I'll try to get a newer picture up on Google next time I'm going past.
The whole installation was a very drawn-out affair, partly due to the difficult route between the cabinet site and the exchange. Not obvious from the map is the valley in between is heavily wooded, very steep sided and around 500ft deep. This made for a number of difficulties with the FTTC works (e.g. seriously blocked ducts prevented pulling the FO cable) and meant that lots of the lines fan out from that valley crossing point to scattered farms on that side of the chasm, rather than fanning out from exchange as would be the case with flatter terrain.