On Friday afternoon I had some spare time so went and made the most of the blistering heat by going for a walk, I took my new rods with as I was going near to Pegsdon Hills Nature Reserve and the intention was to dowse for the Michael Line at the top of Deacon Hill.
After a fairly uneventful walk I reached Telegraph Hill, here there is a tumulus which I had a go at dowsing, Telegraph Hill is where the Icknield Way goes over the first ridge of the Chiltern Hills and near enough backs onto Deacon Hill, because of the rather steep path to get the top of Deacon Hill I didn't start dowsing until I was nearly at the summit (Deacon Hill resembles a slightly smaller version of Ivinghoe Beacon).
On top I found the Michael Line coming in from the West it seemed to go round the northern side of Concrete Trig Point and immediately descended the north eastern side of the hill, due to a barb wire fence I wasn't able to follow it down into the meadow and had to take a slight detour. When I did get to the meadow I discovered that the width was starting to get bigger, in fact by the time I got to the other end of the field where the line disappeared across the Hexton Road it was some 40 to 50 feet in width! I walked down the road towards Hitchin and then took the footpath on the other side of the towards Tingley Wood. I soon met up with the Michael Line as it crossed the footpath again it was a similar width as it had been in the meadow.
On Sunday I paid a visit to All Saints Church at Buckland (between Aylesbury and Tring), really nice 12th Century Church, has some strange leaping gargoyles on the the Tower and a defaced Sheel-na-gig (last time I saw one of those was in Royston Cave). I found the Mary line went straight down the Nave of the church and a quick check on a local road confirmed its course towards Weston Turville, however I forgot to check if any other lines interdicted with Mary at the church.
Today I had a quick look at St Mary's Church at Kings Walden (place I know well as I grew up in the parish) I found the Mary line running into the church via the tower at the western end and exiting the eastern end. It was then I remember to check for any additional lines. I dowsed the outside the southern part of the church and then came across another line that had come in from the south went through the tower were it crossed with Mary, it exited the tower on the northern edge I followed it north across the grave yard.
Looking on an OS map it heads directly through Ley Green, I'm wondering if it then goes to St Marys Magdalene at Great Offley then continues north along the ridge to Deacon Hill where it meets Michael? something to look at for a future date maybe.
I then checked Marys route into Breachwood Green finding Mary crossing the footpath between Lords and Watkins Wood before clipping the heath and entering the village where it seems to go through the village school, I checked for it again as it exited the village at the bottom of Lye Hill before it crossed a field to Diamond End, here I found Mary crossing the road close to Dane Street near Wandon Green. Finally I decided to check Somries Castle which is on the southern edge of Luton Airport.
Somries isn't really a castle, it was a fortified house built with red bricks (same style as Hampden Court Palace) unfortunately it is just a ruin now.
Something strange happened whilst I was there I specifically asked to dowse the Mary Line and found it going through the gate house, I then dowsed another line coming from the south west crossing Mary in the gate house and then continuing through the chapel and exiting north east.
This second line actually would seem a better alignment for Mary and that got me wondering had I dowsed the wrong line at first? I then thought back to Friday when I was dowsing for Michael the very last time in a separate field I made the mistake of asking for Mary and got a negative response, so had I made a mistake?
Looking at the map Mary would have to twist considerably when leaving both St Marys at Kings Walden and Somries.
My main interest in the part of the Mary Line is why does it do this crescent shaped route south of Luton, is it being pulled to the south by St Albans which is close by?
One last thing I do know of a line that comes in from the north and meets Michael at Waulds bank,this has been called the Earthlight lIne and I'm wondering if this continues through Luton to Somries?
No doubt to be continued