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April 25, 2011


The Leylines of the British Isles

by Ishtar Babilu Dingir

Every schoolboy knows that the Romans gave us straight roads ~ but he has not been taught correctly. The Romans may have built our roads to be more hard wearing, but they were constructing them on existing straight line tracks that appear to have connected areas of ritual signficance.

It seems that our ancient ancestors had an early form of Sat Nav to help them find their ways across the country, and to enable tribes of people to move easily and quickly between megalithic ceremonial sites.

There is a geodesic grid formed over the map of Britain by a series of alignments of high peaks and prehistoric standing stones. So anyone standing at Avebury in Wiltshire could have navigated their way to Lanyon Quoit in Cornwall without a map.

This from Prehistoric and pre-Roman alignments (thanks to Mo McRae). There’s also a clearer key on the actual site. (Note the many lines going out west from the Rollright Stones (no. 2) into Celtic territory.)

Amateur researcher Tom Brooks has been building upon the work of Alfred Watkins who, in the 1920s, was the person mostly responsible for discovering the leylines of the British Isles. Tom has visited more than 1,500 prehistoric monuments in the British Isles and — 5,000 to 6,000 years before the Greeks were supposed to have discovered geometry — found them all to be on a grid of isosceles triangles (triangles that have two sides of equal length) each pointing to the next site.

It’s easy to track some of these ley lines or straight tracks today because Christianity has kindly sited many of its religious buildings on top of the standing stones circles, sacred shrines, wells and hilltop earthworks which act as markers.

Said Tom Brooks: “This modern-day diagram links 13 churches within four counties of south-west England, ranges across 60 miles, and is a remarkably accurate arrangement of isosceles triangles projecting to varying compass points.”

“The medieval system reaches from Derbyshire to Cambridgeshire, Sussex, Hampshire, Somerset and Wales, using only isosceles triangles accurate to within 100 metres over distances up to 250 miles.”

You can find reviews and buy recommended books on leylines in the Earth Mysteries section of the Ishtar’s Gate Library.

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1 Comment
  1. Richard
    Jun 27 2011

    I don’t subscribe to Tom Brooks’ isosceles theory. An isosceles triangle is mathematically as easy to find as a 3-point ley (which apparently don’t count as leys). Just find two sites, find their mid point, and go out at a perpendicular until you get a (highly probable) hit. Search far enough and you’ll get one – look how long some of his triangles are!


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