Posted by: Philip Carr-Gomm | January 28, 2008

Alfred Watkins & The Old Straight Track Club

In researching ley lines for The Book of English Magic I’ve been looking again at Alfred Watkins’ The Old Straight Track. I have inherited my grandfather’s copy which has old photographs stuck into it. He was a friend of Watkins and a founding member of The Old Straight Track Club. Here are the photos. The photograph of Watkins walking towards the camera has a strong dream-like quality to it – and doesn’t he look like Sigmund Freud from a distance? If you click on the image you can enlarge it and magnify areas.

Straight Track Club Outing 1

Click on this Straight Club Track 2 to see the next image.

The Club used to circulate members’ reports by post on leys that they had discovered, or book reviews or essays they had written. I have some of these from my grandfather’s papers and have posted up a scan of one of these postal portfolios, as they were called. Click here to view: Sample Straight Club Track Portfolio


  1. Are you sure that isn’t Sigmund Freud?? Amazing. The Resemblance is uncanny. I love seeing old photographs like that.

  2. I’ve read a copy of this book in my local library, but there were no pix (well, not these ones at any rate).

    You’ve inspired me to borrow it again đŸ˜‰

    Now I must get back to trolling for that vicar…..


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  6. How I would have loved to have been a member of the Straight Track Club! I’m reading “The Book of English Magic” right now, and taking notes, and enjoying every minute of it.

    • Glad you like it Kelda. Had a look at your blog . Beautiful images and what a great part of the world you’re in!

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