In line with the Ancients – Earth’s Natural Fields
By Howard Banforth
Dawn and Lionel’s home, at Heather Bank Farm, Congleton Edge in Cheshire, is connected with some of the most significant sacred sites in England. I’m delighted to be able to share with you the wonderful synchronicities that led me to discover this remarkable alignment in 2012.
‘The Howard Line’
On the 13th October 2012, I visited Chetham’s School of Music, one of the most important historic sites in Manchester, to explore the architecture of the newly-completed extension.
A group of students from The Manchester School of Architecture saw me examining the texture of the newly hand-made Yorkshire bricks, and they asked me about my impressions of the new building.
This led to a discussion of my sensitivity to the ‘genius loci’ (spirit of a place) and I mentioned that my home in Withington, Manchester, lies on a pattern of alignments connected to significant sites. Students told me that their next project would be in Salisbury, and they wondered whether there may be a connection between the Cathedrals of Salisbury and Manchester.
When I got home, I dug out my 1990 Ordnance Survey Map ‘Ancient Britain’ – spread it out on the table, and placed a long transparent ruler over Salisbury and Manchester. You can imagine my excitement when I noticed that the ruler was touching on Stonehenge and Avebury
Aligned with Stone Henge
I remembered that I had purchased an Ordinance Survey map of South East England (1:250,000), when I visited Stonehenge in the 1980’s, and began to explore the area in more detail. I found that the alignment meets the south coast at Hengistbury Head – an ancient site with evidence of Stone Age, Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement, near Christchurch and Bournemouth.
Connecting the dots
To the north of Stonehenge, I discoved that the ley line passes through Casterley Camp, West Kennett Long Barrow, Silbury Hill and Avebury. The line passes through Manchester at the South End of Deansgate, where the Romans built the military settlement – ‘Mamucium’.
I was delighted to see that the line also passed through Old Sarum – the original site of Salisbury Cathedral. I then drew a circle around Stonehenge and Woodhenge, with the alignment passing through the center of the circle.
The Wizard and The Beacon
I was also pleased to find that it passes through the site of the moated manor house near my home in Withington.
In the Yorkshire Dales it passes through the pre-historic earthworks at the summit of Ingleborough Mountain, and then through Appleby Castle. After drawing the line on the map of Ancient Britain.
I looked in more detail at the large-scale maps around Manchester. I was delighted to find that it passes through ‘The Wizard and The Beacon’ at Alderley Edge! I then drew the line on my modern Ordnance Survey map of Northern England, which I keep in the car.
On the 1st August 2013, Chrisoula Sirigou had invited me to her event ‘Nurturing Self-Love’ at Heather Bank Farm, Congleton Edge. Not being familiar with Congleton, I checked the Ordance Survey map in my car when driving to the event, and you can imagine my excitement when I realised that the alignment went straight through the site of Heather Bank Farm from corner to corner.
I arrived early for the event and helped to set out a circle of more than 30 chairs in the fabulous garden from which we could see Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope and the mountains of North Wales.
Dawn introduced herself to me, and when I realised that she was the owner of Heather Bank I told her about my amazing discovery. A few days later I returned to show my maps to Dawn and Lionel. We found that the line goes through the ancient well, and through the land where they were already planning to extend the existing pond on the advice of their Feng Shui expert.
On the 13th August 2013, I returned with David Ellis and Melanie Thomas, and Dawn and Lionel immediately commissioned them to undertake a full geomantic survey of the surrounding area. In the next article we will explain the amazing discoveries of the survey.