In 1925 Alfred Watkins published a seminal book called The Old Straight Track in which he documented his exploration of what he called “leys” – ancient alignments of mounds, stones, notches and other features. The book is out of print now but I picked up a copy of the fourth edition a couple of years ago at Barter Books. In chapter XVI (Churches on Mark-Points) he says “London church alignments are many, but should not be accepted as final until the structural history of each church is verified”. He then gives three examples of such alignments, the first of which includes St. Martins-in-the-Fields, St. Mary-le-Strand, St. Clement Dane and St. Dunstan’s. I refer to this as the Strand Ley.
In 1994, after reading an article titled “Nazi Occultists Seize Omphalos” printed in a magazine called Festival Eye, I started my own exploration of another London alignment, the obvious axis of symmetry of Greenwich Park which I refer to as the Prime Axis. This extends south to All Saints’ Church in Blackheath and north to St Anne’s Limehouse and the Octagon at Queen Mary. At Canary Wharf there is a concrete obelisk built on this alignment and in Mudchute Park a cobbled stone circle approached by a series of elaborate stone steps – the mysterious Omphalos.
Now there may be other interesting London alignments but I hope you will agree that these two seem fairly incontrovertible, and they also happen to be almost exactly perpendicular (none of my estimates of the angle between them have differed from a right angle by more than about half a degree). I am fascinated to know whether this is simply a coincidence or part of a grand design. I have created a KML file to illustrate these alignments which you can view on Google Maps, allowing you to zoom in and see how accurate they are (you will probably want to try satellite view). You can open the side panel to view the list of places marked. The image above is just a snapshot from Google Maps.