These¬-if ancient-seem to be invariably on (not merely alongside) a ley, and in many cases are at the crossing of two leys, thus appropriating the sighting point to a new use. -from "Churches" Were the significant sites of ancient Britain deliberately aligned along an invisible web of power? Or is it a mere coincidence that so many locations associated with worship and arcane knowledge are situated in unique spatial relationship to one another? Self-taught photographer and anthropologist Alfred Watkins was the first to discover the "ley lines" apparently connecting the churches, megaliths, earthen mounds, holy wells, and other places of power in Britain, and he published his results in this...
A beautiful new edition of a classic work of landscape history, in which Alfred Watkins introduced the idea of ancient 'ley lines' criss-crossing the English countryside. First published in 1925, THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK described the author's theory of 'ley lines', pre-Roman pathways consisting of aligned stone circles and prehistoric mounds, used by our Neolithic ancestors. Watkins's ideas have intrigued and inspired generations of readers – from historians to hill walkers, and from amateur archaeologists to new-age occultists. This edition of THE OLD STRAIGHT TRACK, with a substantial introduction by Robert Macfarlane, will appeal to all who treasure the history, contours and mystery of Britain's ancient landscapes.
Alfred Watkins, who was born in Hereford and lived all his life (1855-1935) in Herefordshire, is perhaps best known for the discovery of ancient tracks - 'ley lines'. The core of this book is a previously unpublished manuscript by Alfred Watkins called The Masefield Country, written in 1931. Alfred Watkins' text is prefaced by an introduction to his life and work by Ron and Jennifer Shoesmith and followed by a section on his pioneering photography and developments in photographic equipment. (A light meter of his invention was used to good effect by Herbert Ponting, the official photographer on Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.) The book ends with a selection of Alfred Watkins' photographs of Herefordshire from those held in Hereford City Library, whilst others are used to illustrate the earlier sections of the book, some of them being specifically referred to in Alfred's own text, for he intended to publish this book himself and had planned how to illustrate it.
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