West Bay, Bridport, Dorset
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West Bay, Bridport

Tuesday, 21st May 2024, 6:23pm

West Dorset, UK

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Ley Lines and Medieval Settlements

History of Ley Lines

The word 'Ley' probably dates back to Anglo Saxon times, meaning 'a clearing or glade'. The word can also be linked to 'Lea' in many dictionaries, meaning 'a meadow or track of open countryside'.

The term 'Ley Lines' dates back to the early 1920's. Alfred Watkins first used the term to describe his theory that ancient sites around Britain had been inhabited along alignments across the country.

A Ley Line and Medieval Settlement in West Bay

Apparently a Great Ley Line begins at the West Bay lookout point, this being a medieval settlement at the top of West Cliff. Many people probably walk past or even through this old settlement on the South West Coast Path between West Bay and Eype without realising what it is. Human bones, pottery and metalwork dating from the Roman era have also been discovered in West Bay's West Cliffs. The Ley Line passes through the 'Holy Well of St. Andrews' in Bridport, over two hilltops, two moats, a Saxon settlement, the sites of an abbey grange and a Roman building, a river crossing at Yeovil and five churches before terminating at Ansford Church, north of Castle Cary in Somerset.

Views of the Medieval Settlement on West Cliff between West Bay and Eype

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