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“No Voice From The Hall (early memories of a country house snooper), John Harris, London, 1998. 

           A wonderful and very sad book describing the author’s adventures in the 1940’s and 1950’s as he climbed over fences and wandered through abandoned old English country houses after the war.  Eventually he became an Architectural Historian, so the book is a combination of memories as well as factual research into the same buildings.  The book describes many houses that were torn down because the owners could not afford the necessary repairs due both to the government’s socialist tax policies and to the miniscule reparations that were paid for the damage that the military had done to the houses that it had requisitioned during wartime.  He describes the contrast to France, where most country houses survived, due to different government policies.  In 1950’s England a large old house or two was torn down every week.  The author attended many of the demolitions with his friends who were antique dealers.  Sometimes they would buy a whole room, paneling, fireplaces, chandeliers, for little more than the cost of hauling it away.

“Simplified Engineering For Architects And Builders, Harry Parker,  Wiley, 1975.

          This describes, using high-school algebra, how to design basic structures in steel and wood.  There is enough information to safely design simple buildings, and a grounding to allow the reader to understand more advanced techniques.

 The Internet,

          The source of information on construction tools, wire rope sizes, fittings  and strengths, ghosts, Ley Lines, earth energies, and much trivia.     

The Old Straight Track, Alfred Watkins

          The original and definitive book on Ley Lines, by their discoverer in modern times.  He wandered the English countryside as a traveling salesman and photographer on horseback around 1900, and observed long straight alignments in illogical places.  His book, describing these alignments, was the basis of “The Old Straight Track Club”,  a group of people who went on to discover alignments across the whole country.  The advent of airplanes and aerial photography did much to advance the recognition of these lines.  Watkins did not attach any psychic significance to the lines which he discovered.  Modern research has shown that many of the lines pre-date the Romans, and that some of the Roman roads are on pre-existing alignments.

 Dowsing In Devon and Cornwall, Alan Neal, Bossiney Books, 2001

          This book is about how to make and use dowsing rods.  The author describes dowsing for water as well as for metal and old spirits.  He believes that anyone can dowse, and that developing the skill just takes lots of time, patience, and practice.  This is a textbook for people who want to learn how to dowse.

 Radiocarbon Dating, Sheridan Bowman, British Museum Press, 1990.

          A small book with all the basic information on how carbon dating works in theory and in practice.

 Fortean Times,

          Each issue is filled with semi-believable stories of the paranormal.  SHC is only one of their favorite ‘weird’ subjects.  Others include sea monsters, people with multiple heads, space visitors, etc.


          Extensive information on spin-lock anchors.


          Information on rock drills and bits.