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The Lay Lines

These show that the site of Laceby was a crossroads for two of these lines. So then what is a Ley Line?

Alfred Watkins in 1920 published a book "The Old Straight Track" based on his observations that a network of straight lines indicating the paths and trackways along which the inhabitants of England travelled long before the Romans came to these shores, traversed the countryside.

The Ley system is very very old and was in existence in the new stone age (Neoli thic period) about 4000 years 880. The proof of these Leys is that sites of ancient importance align.

As men roamed the forests of this country, travelling to find flints for weapons and salt for their use, they used the same trackways, uncanningly in dead straight lines.

Men in these prehistoric times did worship - but not the God we do, and they built temples to their Gods, "Stonehenge" is one. It is believed that smaller temples, burial places or resting places were built on these trackways, and when Christianity grew in this country the places of worship were again built on these remembered sacred sites. So, although no trace of these old trackways now exist they are perpetuated by the position of ancient and sacred sites.

This means that stone circles, barrows, tumulli, castles, hillforts, earthwork churches, abbeys and other religious buildings, combined with defined geographical features, such as hill peaks, cuttings, tree clumps on ridges to aid navigation, will be in straight lines where the trackways existed.

There are proven Ley Lines all over England, there is one beginning in Cornwall and ending in East Anglia.

To prove a Ley Line - it is a general rule to find at least a five point alignment within a short distance of not more than ten miles.

So to this area and a map. We know from findings made at Littlecoates that this area was inhabited in Neolithic times.

On an Ordnance Survey Map six points in a straight line can be found:-

1. The mouth of the River Freshney where it joined the Humber before it was diverted to the Dock Area of Grimsby

2. Littlecoates Church

3. Laceby Church

4. Irby Church

5. Swallow Church

6. Conspicuous trees on a high point west of stackgarth at Rothwell

Going North to South anoth straight line can be traced by seven alignment points within nineteen miles.

The points are the Churches of:Ulceby





North Thoresby

Covenham St. Mary

The crossing of these lines is exactly on the site of the old Laceby Cross Roads. If Mr. Watkins is to be believed, two of these ancient trackways met here at Laceby, and could have been a suitable place for a settlement - being on higher ground than the present village site.

A later theory is that these lines were not trackways, but lines of "force" radiating out from various "henges" (centres of worship), throughout the country. Along these lines people first settled, thinking that the "earth power" was with them. If so, how much better to settle at a point where two such ley lines crossed, and get twice as much of the "earth power".

Accept this or not - it must be agreed that the places of antiquity listed, to be all in perfect "lines" - is more than just coincidence.