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Kus-Skewes, Sunday 16th August

2003-12-31 23.00.00-1901. Discussion around the fallen gatepost, that had previously been a “standing stone”

 

 

 

 

 

2003-12-31 23.00.00-1922. Peter dowsing where it had orignially stood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2003-12-31 23.00.00-1933. Seeking the original “base” of the gatepost/standing stone.

 

 

 

 

 

2003-12-31 23.00.00-1944. At the Michael & Mary  “Node”, discovering the 9 petal-shaped “pictogram ”

 

 

 

 

 

2003-12-31 23.00.00-199   5. Following the Michael & Mary lines around the outside bank of the iron-age “Round.”  where they looped in, crossing, then out again. The “Mary”, close in to the hedge……  The” Michael,” very “lively” that day, out in the field.

 

 

 

2003-12-31 23.00.00-200 (1)6. Further down the “Round”, The “Michael”, out in the field. “Mary”. very passive, still close to the hedge.

 

 

 

 

Photos courtesy of David Bolitho.

 

 

 

 

 

Three Brothers of Grugwith

Three Brothers of GrugwithWork on the site of the Three Brothers of Grugwith, has uncovered more stones. The bottom picture shows a stone uncovered a month ago when clearing gorse, and the group picture in the centre shows a new stone uncovered yesterday 21st April.

These new stones being uncovered on the site is now causing the archaeoloists to take a serious interest, As the site is continuing to be cleared it is expected that more stones could be uncovered. Check back to this site for more news of the developments…

King Arthur’s Hall: The dowsers’ perspective

Text and images © Roy Goutté

King Arthur’s Hall, Bodmin Moor, Cornwall

After many previous visits to King Arthur’s Hall on King Arthur’s Down to the North-West of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall and a few Heritage Trust articles later, I thought a further visit, but this time with a Cornish group of dowsers, would be of interest to readers.

A very well-known group are the West Cornwall Dowsers led by Bart O’Farrell, a well respected and experienced Cornish dowser, so I knew if they accepted my invitation to make a site visit a thorough and enlightening investigation would take place. This was something I was really looking forward to with relish. Alternative views are something one should always take into account, or most certainly be prepared to consider at least on sites of particular interest and intrigue as one can get very set and focused in their ways and see only what you want to see or believe, rather than a fuller or somewhat different picture. Surely there is nothing worse than a closed or cynical mind not prepared to at least listen to what others may have to say, then when they do, ridicule their findings if they disagree.

I asked Bart if he would be prepared, along with a few of his members, to visit the Hall with myself and another well-known figure from Tintagel, Susan Hockey, as members of the TimeSeekers archaeological group to observe. Susan owns and runs the Cornish Heritage Safaris tour service and sometimes carries out tours to King Arthur’s Hall and other places on Bodmin Moor, and of course all interesting areas of Cornwall down to the far west. Having a passing interest in the art of dowsing herself, Susan was keen to gain more knowledge that she could maybe pass on to her tour customers. A pair of dowsing rods are always on hand during her tours, and in certain special locations even the most sceptical participant has been known to see and feel results.

And so, on the 2nd November 2014 we all met up and made our way to the Hall. Bart brought with him fellow members Andy Norfolk, Alan Gilbert, Bob Bailey and Peter Hartwell. All are experienced dowsers and I had one or two questions already lined up to ask them once they were underway.

Bart O’Farrell getting his first feel of King Arthur’s Hall

We gathered initially on the southern bank of the hall as it gives a good vantage point over the whole enclosure. The dowsers then stepped into the enclosure itself and moved around independently of each other. Without prompting, I was asked what I would like to know?

As my previous articles on King Arthur’s Hall written for the Trust suggest (please see King Arthur’s Hall, King Arthur’s Hall: A new discovery? and King Arthur’s Hall Update) I am convinced the enclosure is a special place and not as simple as just a medieval animal pound as suggested by others. The large upright stones and raised bank surrounding them are more complicated a structure than would be required for animals. The internal area is always wet. Could this tendency to flooding have happened after an animal pound had been built? It is much more than that, but what exactly, as no major excavations or dating has taken place here?

So, I began by asking if the enclosure was a mortuary enclosure that contained buried human remains, either in skeletal form or cremations? Without exception the answer was a definite NO by all of them, it was not a mortuary enclosure or graveyard!

Susan commented that tour participants were fascinated by King Arthur’s Hall. “They want to know why more is not known about it and will an archaeological excavation ever take place. But, I like the air of mystery. When I bring people here they always ask what it is. But I always ask people what they think, before suggesting possibilities and I don’t tell them immediately about the Arthurian name. Suggestions such as a swimming pool, sports arena, meeting place, place of judgement have come up.” Susan asked the dowsers if the two large stones in the middle of the West bank represented a ‘king’ and ‘queen’? They replied not, but that those stones were attracting energy, passing between them. When she asked the dowsers about the corners and the gaps between stones, they explained that they felt the North East corner was an important entry point, with a flow of people arriving from the Rough Tor direction.

Susan continued, “I read that the stones represent the back of the knight’s chairs, but of course we all know Arthur had a round table…and what if the name is significant? What if Arthur’s sword was offered to the spring, or found in the spring?” She also pointed out that she didn’t agree with the animal pound theory either! Bart explained about an energy flow that went around the site with the North South sides of the stones set in a regular pattern.

Peter Hartwell gets down to work


Susan holding court (and our jammy doughnuts) during the lunch break

I asked if it was a ceremonial or ritual site. The response to this question was rather mixed, so they settled on it being for a more spiritual use. The other big puzzle here of course is the water that is always lying in the central area of the ‘pond’ whether it be winter or the height of summer. We have often wondered if the monument was purposely built over a rising spring and if so, was that the reason for its being? The reply was unanimous this time…it was! “Its reason for being was the spring which is still active.” replied Bart. “We noticed the behaviour of the two Labrador dogs (Susan’s Magic and Mystery)….they loved it, chasing each other over the energetic spring. It is toward the northern end…south is where the moss is and they didn’t go there.”


Mystery and Magic, Susan’s lovely Labradors

In some ways this supports what I was saying earlier, that you get your own ideas in your head and can easily overlook the obvious. Of course the dogs were tearing around like mad things, but only over the ‘wet’ end, the rest being totally ignored and I never considered that once even though I have always considered myself as being observant! On the other hand, like certain other breeds, Labradors are known for their love of water.

The boys walked over every inch of the site and it was fascinating to see how they went about their business. My knowledge of dowsing is very limited and I always assumed you had to walk over the area you were seeking things out to get a ‘reading’. This is not always the case as I noticed they often stood on a spot and ‘asked’ what lay ahead of them, not what was directly underfoot. Again, I always thought the rods reacted to ‘something’ underground as you passed over it, but it seemed to me that the rods reacted when a question was ‘asked’ in their heads, not audibly!

And boy oh boy didn’t the rods react as well. There didn’t seem to be any slow movements where the rods casually crossed over while you held your breath, they sort of snapped into place in an instant. Like a typical sceptic (which I’m not) I was watching their hands intently to see if the rods were given any ‘assistance’, but they weren’t. It was fascinating to watch and being inside the enclosure with the banks protecting us from any wind that was about, the possibility of wind moving the rods was kept to a minimum.


Andy Norfolk, author of Secret Cornwall: Bodmin Moor and its Environs, begins his investigation inside the enclosure

At the end of the day this is what the dowsers were able to reveal based on their findings:-

King Arthurs Hall, King Arthur’s Downs, Bodmin Moor (SX12967765). Visited 2nd November 2014.

This is a large rectangular enclosure at the top of a hill on a North-South alignment, with 56 flat slab stones on the inside of the banks still visible. The rectangular centre, due to a spring, is mostly wet with reeds and to the south it has rising sphagnum moss.

The view to the north-west is highlighted by Rough Tor and Brown Willy with the large Fernacre Stone circle beneath them. It was not an animal pound, neither would it ‘work’ as one. Sheep would suffer with foot rot and cattle would destroy the base, as would ponies after a short while. At least it’s safe to say that would be the assumption of a countryman.

It was not ‘a place for the dead’, i.e. a Neolithic graveyard. Neither was it ‘roofed’, or a ‘swimming pool’ or a ‘let’s eat and get drunk’ meeting hall. Its reason for being was the spring which is still active! We noticed the behaviour of the two Labrador dogs….they loved it, chasing each other over the energetic spring. The spring is more to the northern end, south is where the moss is, and they didn’t go there.

It was a happy, communal site. It was for families, not just the elders. ‘Meditation’, and ‘sanctuary’ came to mind. You would be ‘still’ and ‘safe’ here. A good spot is a good spot. Erected between 3,100-3,500 (earliest) BCE. (This depends on different dowsers and from which area they were doing the dating from). Nobody actually got 3,500 but 3,100-3200 BCE came up most. In active use for about 900 years, so, Neolithic to early Bronze Age.

Order of building. Scoop out the earth from the centre to form the banks would of course come first. Paving laid on southern end and you may have the bedrock floor on the north (there is a difference in the flora). The flat slab upright banking stones last. These stones were interesting in themselves, different heights, and where they were positioned. All were as dead as a gatepost, unlike stones in circles. Standing Menhirs all have ‘intention’ in them and energetically transmit at 7 levels. These didn’t, they are just flat brought-in moor stones. Possibly back-rests for sitting people? Well, it’s a thought. Why go beyond that? Largest for the elders, smallest for the children? Why not a simple explanation? If you were sitting there for a time, wouldn’t you like a back-rest? The clockwise energy of the site comes from the banking. People naturally walk around stone circles in a observable clockwise direction, i.e. following the sun. So do cattle feeding in a field. This was enhanced by the Megalithic builders, by using the stone`s magnetic North/South memory, and placing them N/S, N/S, N/S alongside each other. Much like a car “alternator”. You can tell when a restored circle has a stone wrongly placed back to front, because it breaks the rythym (e.g. Nine Maidens Circle on Penwith Moors, N/S, S/N, N/S…..it’s a break in the magnet field).

North side, the outside banking contained a number of later cremations (Iron Age?) only a few on the outer south side. The settlements the site serviced were to the North, and we have the North East corner as originally the main entrance.

We think that the area of low level water was never high, only ankle deep. Could have to do with sun and moon reflection and all of us got a strong September/October usage of the site. The Autumn equinox sunset acutely visible from there. The North/South alignment meant the Summer Solstice could be observed, sunrise, sunset from saddle ‘notches’ in the distant hills, plus the midday sun passing over the water, and we today now think they celebrated midday as well…..and what of the winter Solstice Moon, over that water?

The question was raised, was the site Ceremonial, Ritual, Religious, and/or Spiritual? Well, those words had different meanings to each us, so we settled for more Spiritual. And water was its reason for being. Also, a solstice/equinox observation site. Rather magical in its day.

Postscript :-

The early Islamic scientists used to study the sun by observing it in water reflections…pools, ponds, oasis. Didn’t damage their eyes so much. What science did our ancients know that we have forgotten and are still forgetting? Water is also regularly used as a means of “Scrying” and “Divination”.

The Arthurian Connection, A comment worthy of passing on, although the site is much earlier than Arthur’s time (500 CE), that mirror of water and the seating, would have made a wonderful “Round Table”, and around that time, 530-540 CE, there was considerable Comet activity in the skies. Just a thought….a good site, is a good site.

Our Group will return to explore in the Spring of 2015 the sites to the south of KAH. Very strong energetic pull, if we had the time, that’s where we will go next. Not north, the Fernacre circle area, but south…..now isn’t that interesting!


Bart and fellow members of the West Cornwall Dowsers group

It was a totally fascinating day out, and on behalf of the TimeSeekers group I would like to thank Bart and his own fellow group members for taking the time to journey up from West Cornwall and to share their personal views with us on this wonderful and mysterious site. We would certainly like to get together in the future and share and discuss our views once again. It may be that some readers may also like to know or learn more about dowsing, so why not contact Bart’s West Cornwall Dowsers group where I’m sure you would be made most welcome.

King Authur’s Hall

KAH 3King Arthurs Hall, King Arthur`s Downs, Bodmin ( SX1296 7765 )
Visited 2nd November 2014

A short summary………….

This is a large rectangular henge ( 156ft x 68ft ), at the top of a hill, on a North-South alignment, with 56 flat slab stones on the inside of the henge. The rectangular centre, due to a spring, is mostly wet, with reeds, and to the south, it has rising sphagnum moss. To the north, and north-west – Rough Tor and Brown Willy, with the large Fernacre Stone circle below them.

Our Findings:-

It was not an animal pound, neither would it “work” as an animal pound. Foot rot for sheep, cattle would destroy the base, ponies, not for long. It is thought that`s a “city” assumption, not a countryman`s. It was not “a place of the dead”……ie., a neolithic graveyard.
Neither was it “roofed”, or a “swimming pool”. i.e., it was not a ” walled,enclosed, roofed, let`s eat and get drunk ,”Meeting Hall”

It`s reason for being was “the Spring”. Which is still active! ( we noticed the behaviour of the two labrador dogs….they loved it , chasing each other over the energetic Spring. The Spring is to the North, South is where the Moss is, and they didn`t go there ) It was a happy, communal site. For families, not just the Elders. “Medition”, and “sanctuary”, came to mind. You would be “still” and “safe” here. ( notice how long we stayed…. a good spot, is a good spot).

Erected, between 3,100 – 3,500 (earliest) BC. ( this depends on different dowsers, and from which area they were doing the dating. Nobody actually got 3,500. – but 3,100-3200 BC came up most). In active use for about 900 years. So, Neolithic to early Bronze age.

Order of building, scoop out earth banks, paving, on South side, you may have the rock floor on the North. ( there is a the difference in the flora ) The flat slab upright banking stones last. These stones were interesting in themselves, different heights, and where they were positioned. All where as dead as a gatepost .ie.., stones in Circles. Standing Menhirs, all have “intention” in them, and energetically transmit at 7 levels. These didn`t. They are just flat brought-in moorstones.. Possibly backrest for sitting people? Well, it`s a thought. Why go beyond that? Largest for the elders, small ones for children? Why not a simple explanation?
If you were sitting there, for a time , wouldn`t you like a backrest?

The clockwise energy of the site comes from the banking. Northside, the outside banking , contained a number (?) of later Cremations, ( iron-age?) only a few on the outer Southside.
But the settlements the Site serviced were to the North, and we have the North East corner as originally the main entrance. We also have two female burials in that immediate area.
( Different times, and different placings, but both, by that N-E entrance.).

We think that the area of low level water ( it was never high, ankle deep) could have to do with sun and moon reflection. and all of us got a strong September/October usage of the site. ( The Sea-tidal Autumn “Neaps” are then, so more water? ) The Autumn equinox sunset acutely visable from there. The North/ South alignment meant the Summer Solstice could be
observed, sunrise, sunset from saddle “notches” in the distant hills,plus the miday sun passing over the water, and we today/now think they celebrated miday as well…..and what of the winter Solstice Moon, over that water?

The question was raised- ” Was the site:- Ceremonial, Ritual, Religious, and/or Spiritual? ” Well, those words had different meanings to each us, so we settled for the commonplace…

Water, was it`s reason for being. Also, a solstice/equinox observation site. Rather magical in its day.

Postscript:-
The early Islam Scientists used to study the sun by observing it in water reflections:- pools, ponds, oasis. Didn`t damage their eyes so much What Science did our ancients know that we have forgotten? And are forgetting? Our Group will return to explore in the Spring, 2015, the sites to the “South” of KAH. Very strong energetic pull, if we had the time, that`s where we have gone next. Not North, the Fernacre Circle area, but South…..now isn`t that interesting?

Duloe and St Cybi

Duloe 2014We are very grateful to Nigel Twinn and the Tamar Dowsers for this excellent account of our joint dowsing day at Duloe.

On a dry, cool Sunday in August 2014, over 20 members and friends of the three Cornish dowsing groups (plus a couple of passers-by) gathered in the quiet hamlet of Duloe, in the south east of the county, to investigate the intriguing energies and spirituality that imbue the antiquities of the parish of St Cuby (the Celtic – St Cybi).

Our assembly point was the nine-strong circle of upright and recumbent stones that nestles in the corner of a field opposite the village church. With such a large group of dowsers, and a wide span of experience, there was inevitably a great variety of interests and dowsing applications to consider. Some were first-timers here, while others had visited the site numerous times. However, and needless to say, everyone found something new and something to set them thinking. Even the grey-rods were surprised to find that the usually ubiquitous water spiral feature seemed absent from this focal part of the site. Water was certainly flowing in to it from various directions but, rather than a spiral, we appeared to be dowsing a ring of bright water – with a hole in the middle! We were bemused as to whether this was a unique feature of the circle that had somehow escaped the attention of decades of previous dowsers, or whether something had happened more recently to affect the water energy footprint. The presence of a geological fault nearby, which traverses the field and dowses as narrowing to a point within the circle, suggested one potential further line of enquiry – as well as providing a possible reason for the location of the megaliths.

We were able to dowse which stones had been re-erected following the removal of a hedge, which had bisected the site until Victorian times – and we could also assess whether the re-erected stones had been correctly positioned (two of them seemed to be in need of a bit of minor tweaking). We located a number of other locations of former standing stones in the field, presumably outliers of the once, much larger complex.

Our colleague, Andy Norfolk, produced a singing bowl from his rucksack, which enabled us to measure one aspect of the impact of intentional sound on the ambience of the place. An earth energy radial count showed a modest, but detectable, rise as the playing progressed – while the aura of the largest stone in the circle more than doubled in width during the process. Bart O’Farrell, dowsing in another part of the field at the time, and out of earshot of the bowl itself, found that the outer aura of the circle expanded hugely during the process.

The entrance path to the circle is along a ley (both an energy ley and a line of consciousness) leading to the church. The path also has the dowsing signature of a ‘trackway,’ when using the terminology of the late Guy Underwood.

There was clearly enough dowsing here to keep a small army of dowsers busy indefinitely, but our next location beckoned. Across the road stands the church of St Cuby, with elements of foundation and masonry layers dating from the 12th century onwards. There are also indications of a much older use of the site. The consecrated boundary is more oval in shape than the modern, squared-off footprint – and the edge of this llan dowsed as having a saw-toothed energetic imprint, which could indicate a form of embedded interference pattern.

Inside, the church exhibits most of the usual energy features but, as ever, there are a few surprises. The current altar has no trademark water encirclement, but a previous one, in a older part of the church, does have that water energy signature – three sides of which dowse as being physical groundwater, with the fourth seemingly brought into existence by the consciousness of the originator. The outline of the first wooden structure on the site was detectable by dowsing.

The dating of an old stone font caused much head scratching. The artifact is clearly of some antiquity, but did not seem contemporary with the church itself. The fact that it had been damaged during a period that it had been illegally removed added to the confusion. The suggestion, derived by dowsing, was that it is part of a Romano-British column, later hollowed out to form a font bowl. This might account for the presence of pre-Christian motifs – a gryphon (Celtic – griffin) and a snake – topped by badly damaged carvings of dolphins.

The modern font has been relocated away from crossing water lines but, interestingly, still lies on a substantial water line, wider than the font itself.

An inverted green man hides away among the masonry carvings in the transept, and the ancient energy ley coming from the circle crosses the nave diagonally.

Some of our number found water energies towards the east of the building rather unpleasant, due to both external physical pollution and the carriage of non-physical detrimental energy – and they were glad to move on.

The early plan shows the tower and the body of the church to be quite separate structures marking, and/or attracting distinct energy patterns. This aspect will require further investigation in due course.

Our last port of call was the tiny, much restored, but still picturesque housing of the holy well of St Cuby. Despite being next to a busy through road with no pavement, it still has a considerable presence. Overhung by the sinuous strands of a huge cherry laurel, it resembles a tiny temple from the Cambodian Jungle.

With synchronous earth energy and water spirals, plus a wide ley encompassing the site, this is a very much a dowser’s Holy Well – in use as a sacred site since at least the Bronze Age, and contemporary with the stone circle itself.

The latest incarnation of the housing comprises of two chambers. One with granite-hewn seats, the other with steps leading down in to the well water itself. The water was clear and cool, and dowsed at 8 out of 10 in terms of purity. A super cameo site to end a most enjoyable day.

Many thanks to Bart O’Farrell for setting up the event on behalf of the Cornish dowsing groups, and for providing us an informative introduction to the various elements of the Duloe complex.

Nigel Twinn Tamar Dowsers, August 2014

Gilly, St. Keverne – Stone Circle & Abandoned Medieval Village Visits:- April 6th, 2014 July 11th, 2014

GuillyOur first visit, amazingly in some drizzle then rain, that thankfully cleared up, was exploratory. To find out what was there, at a site that has turned out to be a “complex” of a large area, many ages, not archeologically discovered, or recorded. “Wow”, Sandy, from the Henhouse exclaimed, at one stage “this is the best day`s out of dowsing we `ve ever had out with you”. We have here, a medieval village, “Gilly” abandoned after a late plague, Circa 17th Century, and the adjacent fields of stone scatter, plus, nearby, a settlement that is now a holiday-let:-” Kilter”.

It was the iron age round houses and the stony fields that attracted us. A stone circle was thought to exist in two fields, with outlier stones. A large Menhir in the one field was of great interest, since it is unrecorded. Preliminary, we thought we had an early bronze age circle in the one field. An alignment was discovered that was directly on the East-West equinox line. This was two stones from the circle, through the standing stone in the next field that continued onto Crousa Common Stone row, and onto a tumuli on Goonhilly common.

Gilly,the village, was festooned in primroses gleaning through luminous moss. Visually a delight. A medievalist`s wonderland, waiting to be explored. We`ve referred this site (Gilly) to the local archaeological group – Meneage Archaeological Society (MAG) and its` Archaeologist for further exploration and surveying.
The bronze and iron age settlement plus the circles are in need of clarification, so we are going to return with “flags”, to sort out what actually is going on there. We are happy that this site had a working stone circle, and was used for ritual back in the Bronze age. It has “brought in” stones, amongst the field stones, and the solitary Menhir has been also “brought in” and precisely placed.

Return to Guilly, 11th July 2014

A fine-weather humid day with a smaller group of dedicated dowsers and “flags” to sort out the puzzlement of four of the fields in the area. Our first field was the one to the South with a triangular stone that was an outlier from the “Circle” field. This stone ponted to 120 degrees South East. So, aligned to Winter Solstice sunrise, which would have arisen over the sea.

The “Menhir” field. It was thought there may have been the remains of a Circle here. Our dowsing revealed there was one, if you wanted one. Although eight energy lines we radiating into the Menhir, we decided that a possible circle was inconclusive.

Next to “Menhir” field, is one to the East of interesting stone scatter. We noticed two “brought in” stones an an alignment of 340 degrees North-east. They both dowsed 5 transmission lines, and “threw ” us off when leaned on. We eventually sorted this field out as “of the dead”. It had the remains of ploughed out buriel cairns across it, and we were able to dowse “entrances”, and cremated remains. We eventually had to leave this field as we were experiencing difficulty in breathing, and were physically not enjoying our “stay”.

The “Stone Circle” field.
Ah, the wonder of flags. Our dowsing revealed that there were two seperate buriel cairnes in this field. One at the edge of the circle, the other inside. Both at a later date to the circle .ie., iron age. (Not common in Cornwall, but they have this in Ireland) We also had a large retangular recumbant stone, just outside the circle. The circle, could now be plainly seen. We were satisfied there is a circle here,( while it may not satify the Academics, or Purists), and that the Lizard now has a Stone Circle, and unlisted Menhir. We also note that the early round houses and settlement, that would be the “ritual and ceremonial users” of the Circle, are also unrecorded.

On the way back to our cars, Edith wandered into an unxplored field…. urging us to follow. More stones…the remains a capstone, a barrow, hut circles?….Oh, wonderful. We are going back agin.

Our thanks to Andy and Emma Tyler for their kind permission to visit this site.

Rosewall Hill, Sunday March 20th, 2011.

Rosewall HillWe did a return visit to Rosewall Hill, outside St. Ives, on Sunday March 20th, 2011. This time we concentrated on the Eastern part of the hill, were a gatepost at SW4904 3920 dowsed with a very strong, tingly,energy, so much so that it knocked Bart sideways! (See photos). Interestingly, although the males in our group were wary of it, the ladies found it very attractive and clustered around the stone. Dowsing it also revealed that it originally came from a dip in the ground a few feet away (at SW49904 3918), where it was also noticed that it
would originally have stood in visual alignment from a “viewing platform” on the Hill above, through the church of “St. Ia” at St. Ives (which probably stands on a pre-Christian site) to Godrevey Islands, and on to the holy hilltop of St. Agnes Beacon. The Group then went across the moor to a Bronze-age barrow with a well-preserved kerb surround (SW4922 3918), and then to the distinctive tor on the horizon at 4950 3933, which originally had a logan stone. Here, CAS President Tony Blackman who was with the Group, identified a “view frame” in the rocks which looked through to the hill outside St Ives that is now crowned with Knill`s Monument, and onwards to Carn Brea.

After lunch on the tor, we made our way back to the viewing platform mentioned above, and discovered a strong energy line that took us to what appears to be a double boulder-lined avenue/processional way up the side of the hill to an enclosed spring.

A day of some fascinating discoveries, on a hill that is little-known and not much explored.

( Report by Cheryl Straffon)

Alsia Well, November 2012

Trevor at Alsia well (3) - CopyIn November 2012, the West Cornwall Dowsers started their winter program. Their first outing of the season attracted over adozen people on a lovely clear crisp day to Alsia Well, courtesy of the owner Trevor Rogers. Trevor took the dowsers to the field above the well that had been field-walked in the past and many flints found. Then it was down to the well itself, where he gave a history of the site and other interesting ideas. Finally, he took them across the stream to an area that he thought had originally been a meeting place. The dowsers did indeed find traces of an original spring around which people had gathered, and themselves naturally formed a circle in this enchanting  place. Lunch was taken in Trevor’s house that he had built himself from an old Granary, and afterwards everyone dowsed around the place. The course of the Mary line was found, as it braided itself around the well and then ran down into the valley of Alsia Mill on its way to St.Buryan. In addition another water line was found travelling through the edge of a barn and down to the well. And finally, traces of six or seven Iron Age hut circles were found in the field above the well. Later some of the group looked around the house, and finished an excellent day’s dowsing by visiting the Celtic cross up the road.