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30 31 In The Old Straight Track Alfred Watkins draws attention to the alignments of churches in some of Britains old cities, notably Hereford, Bristol, Oxford and London. In Oxford two church leys cross at St Martins Carfax at the centre of the city and in fact define the two main axes of Oxford, Queen Street Carfax High Street and Magdalen Street Cornmarket Street St. Aldate Street, running approximately northsouth and eastwest. The northsouth line includes St. Giles a, St. Mary Magdalen b, St. Michaels c, St. Martins Carfax d, St. Aldate e and crosses the Thames at Oskna Ford, now Folly Bridge 4. The eastwest line links St. Peters in the Castle h now demolished, St. Martins Carfax d, All Saints g and St. Mary the Virgin f . St Martins Carfax lies on the highest part of the old city and was once the assembly point for council, justice and commerce. The streets that follow these two lines deviate to avoid the churches in a manner noticed by Watkins in many other leys. Opposite Did these leys define the street pattern of Oxford Alfred Watkins own map of the medieval church alignments in the city of Oxford. ChurCh lEyS iN OxfOrd the axes of the town defined
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