Monthly Archives: February 2015

Sherbourne Stone Circle added under ST CATHERINE’S LINE

Approximate location from memory of the buried recumbent stone to left of black bin bag

This circle was mentioned in ‘The History and Antiquities of Surrey’ by Manning and Bray, 1809 volume 2 page 123 as follows ‘In the field are five stones, three together, the other two a small distance apart. Largest of the three is 10 foot long, 5’8″ wide and four foot four inches out of the ground. One in the next field is 10’10” by 4’9″ and flat to the ground. Also in Weston Wood’.  And elsewhere, ‘There do indeed appear to have been stones in the field south of the road opposite the entrance to the Silent Pool but they have been destroyed by successive farmers and various pieces are scattered in the area’.

The fields in question belong to the Duke of Northumberland’s Albury Estate and lie between the large landfill site on the west side and Sherbourne Lane, the main road into Albury, on the east side, with the A25 road from Guildford to Dorking on the north side. They can be seen on Google Earth at 51’13’29″N 0’29’09″W.  Until a few years ago these fields were open pasture but heavy tree planting has taken place to screen the landfill from view, and this activity may well have destroyed any evidence of the circle.  In these fields was held the Sherborne Palm Sunday fair, which may have pagan origin, until 1811 when it was banned by the Rector William Polhill. Just across the A25 is the Silent Pool, steeped in legend and reputed to be bottomless although in the drought of 1976 the bottom was revealed.

Many years ago, whilst working in my capacity as monitoring surveyor of the adjoining landfill site, I came across a large recumbent rectangular stone lying right on the edge of the landfill workings at the western end of the aforementioned field.  Unfortunately I neglected to measure it or record the exact location.  A topsoil stock stood to the west side and I believe this has eroded and covered the stone.

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This blog could be said to be all about ley lines…. but please bear with me.  I could be just as sceptical as you.  I want to know the truth and hopefully have an open mind.

For those unfamiliar with blogs, the bit you are reading now is not called a page but a post.  All posts are at the front of the website and are chunks of information added as and when I wish to say something new.  In the header they are listed under Home.  All other headers are pages and are the meat of the website and more akin to an e-book.  These pages are permanent (although they can be edited by me) whereas posts are a temporary storage for information which may be added to the pages and are open for readers comments.

To see an overall description and plan of the alignment of ancient sites go to the top line of headers above and open the header titled ‘Summary of Alignments’ rather than clicking on the sub-headers revealed by hovering over the other main headers.

So what’s it all about….

Some forty years ago I made an extraordinary discovery – certain ancient sites in the area around my home town of Guildford were arranged within the landscape in a seemingly intentional pattern. Some sites fall upon bearings of ten degrees from a common point and are aligned at regular distances from that point. This regular distance also occurs along other alignments within the area. On one alignment I calculated a high point where I suspected a site may have existed and consequently discovered an unrecorded barrow at precisely that point – later confirmed by the County Archaeologist.

The following pages are the result of many years of intermittent research into the alignment of ancient sites across the landscape, popularly known as ley lines.  Originally ley lines were defined as the physical alignments of ancient sites but in recent years they have become to  be thought of as lines of ‘earth energy’ detectable by dowsing.  This is outside my area of interest and I no longer think of or refer to alignments in this work as ley lines.

The first pages are entered under the header titled About.  After the Introduction the chapter titled Beginnings describes my early years of research and this is succeeded by Developments which describes recent research dating from the time this blog was begun.  The Summary of Alignments is a listing and brief description of the lines, and the heading is concluded by a brief (at the moment) chapter titled The Elephant in the Corner on the contentious issue of site relevance.

At this time there are thirteen alignments listed in this work.  Others may come to light especially if the area of interest is expanded.  The alignments are divided into two groups.  The primary group is at bearings of 10° intervals from a common point.  These intervals have been refined to 9.95° and the bearings have been divided into the recurring distance interval of 3600 feet (1097.3m).  This distance, for want of a better name, I have called the Druid Mile (DM). The secondary group are all roughly East-West and contain further instances of the Druid Mile.

It should be noted that this is very much a work in progress and many entries await the addition of information.  Field-work, once all sites are studied and photographed, will be concentrated on visiting deduced points on the alignments in the hope of discovering other unrecorded sites.  This would go a long way to proving the theory.

For those who are interested in the origins and developments of the ley theory I recommend the website of Paul Devereux who has written a concise and comprehensive history from the coining of the term by Alfred Watkins in 1921 up to recent times.  Go to www.pauldevereux.co.uk and click on ‘ley lines’ in the contents panel.

 

Hillbury Fort added under CROOKSBURY LINE

Puttenham is a very special place to me with fond childhood memories of weekend visits to my father’s family home in the high street. It is a pretty village, linear with the church at the east end, lying at the foot of the south slope of the Hogs Back, now favoured by commuters enjoying the country life.  Puttenham Common is just to the south side of the village on a greensand ridge with extensive views to the chalk ridge of the South Downs.

Hillbury Fort sits on the west end of the central ridge across the common abutting a steep natural escarpment created by the small river flowing north to south through a series of millponds below.  It relates to three alignments; Crooksbury, Waverley and Deerleap. The alignment point on the Crooksbury line is near the foot of the pine covered escarpment near the edge of the water in dense rhododendron scrub, making site inspection extremely difficult. The atmosphere of this spot prompts images of sacred groves and it would surely have been the source of water for the fort above.  This point is 10 DM along the alignment, as is the fort itself (see plan).

The Waverley line appears to pass through two distinct gaps in the east and south ramparts.  The 10 DM point on this line tucks neatly into the high point of the north east corner of the fort. This area is rough ground covered in bracken and nothing out of the ordinary can be seen.