Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Crowgill Park, which really just consists of a cenotaph and large bowling green with various tree and shrub lined walkways and a lower level former skateboarding area (now a fouled mess unfortunately); used to be much bigger. It even had a bandstand when it was opened around 1890 by local dignitary Katherine Salt. The cenotaph was moved to the park from a graveyard..
There is something not quite right about this place - In 1960's parlance - 'The vibes are all wrong, man!'
This little film is of the Crowgill Park Ghost Hunt, Halloween 2012.
Black Feathers was a website about haunted Bradford and the surrounding areas and these were not the widely known occurrences, but the weird and downright odd as well as lesser known ghostly or occult happenings.
Black Feathers began to have strange effects on those who read the website and was even featured on the radio as a result of becoming known as a 'haunted website' in its own right. In the end we took the Black Feathers website down and actually destroyed the material on the site because of this. We did however, keep the pictures although there are some I would not use even to this day. The Castle incidentally was once a real hotel and yes - it was very haunted. I used to work there when it was a 'fun bar' and at the end of the night, the staff, including me - used to dance on the bar to entertain the customers. It was always a very creepy place and like a rabbit warren upstairs.
The other photos show some upper windows of the building hiding the old Horus Temple and the very top shows yet another creepy street and a closed haunted pub. My late father used to rent a warehouse down one of those streets - I think it later turned in to a nightclub and was painted black, but originally a load of old names together with Victorian dates, were carved in to the inner doors by wool warehouse workers who are now in Spirit .... There was always a feel of those from another dimension, moving around and things being disturbed by unseen hands ....
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The Society of Dew and Light was perhaps even more unusual and elusive than the Golden Dawn which is very widely known of these days. There are some differences, most notably that its founder, David Lund, was not a wealthy man and had to put in a lot of 'hard graft' at his job. So despite his obvious ability and occult talents, he did not get the same level of respect from the authorities that was afforded to the members of the Golden Dawn. When we discuss the Golden Dawn here, we mean the original late19th century group.
Below is the original post that went with the film.
The Society of Dew and Light (or The Dew and The Light), actually preceded The Hermetic Order of Golden Dawn. Samuel Mathers and Madame Blavatsky got in to quite a flap over David Lund, who was related to a well known Bradford photographer called Percy Lund, a man who later tried to join Arthur Waite's 'Holy Order of The Golden Dawn in London'.
David Lund was interested in Indian magic long before Thomas Henry Pattinson revived and remodelled Mr Portman's Garuda rites around 1902. The police had a dislike of Mr Lund and combed old laws under which they could prosecute him, whilst other fortune tellers plied their trade freely in the Keighley area. Perhaps it was because David Lund was not London based, or perhaps it was because other men became jealous of the high number of women who sought his advice. It appeared that even Samuel Mathers and Madame Blavatsky were jealous of his abilities and so attempted to libel him in publications such as 'Lucifer' magazine.
However, David Lund still had a band of very dedicated followers, as the short film suggests.
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We first started this blog in July 2009, but have shut the original old posts due to broken links caused as time moves on and things change!
This is the original content posted on this blog in the summer of 2009.
The film charts the history of The Golden Dawn in Bradford, focusing on Mr Thomas Henry Pattinson, leader of the Bradford Horus Temple of the Golden Dawn and later, co-leader together with Dr Edwards, of The August and Oriental Order of Light Garuda, based on the teachings of a Mr Portman who had spent much time in India and who revived the Indian Cult of Garuda, the bird God of Hindu and Buddhist religions. Mr Pattinson was also a very prominent Theosophist, following the teachings of Madam Blavatsky.
The kingpin to all this was Dr William Wynn Westcott, a Freemason, Theosophist and one of the founders of The Golden Dawn along with Dr Woodman and Mr Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers. Dr Westcott visted Bradford, in West Yorkshire frequently and also attended meetings of the Theosophical Society in Bradford. He knew Mr Pattinson and it was Dr Westcott who authorised the setting up of both The Golden Dawn Temple of Horus in Bradford and also later persuaded Mr Pattinson to co-head The August and Oriental Order of Light Garuda, along with Dr Edwards, with the agreement of Mr Portman who had studied the teachings of the Cult of Garuda in India.
There are many conflicting stories about exactly what went on. In the late 19th and early 20th century, Bradford, West Yorkshire was bursting with very earnest mystical societies.
One version of the Bradford Horus Temple re-surfaced again in 1983, when Salvo and Sindy IIardi discovered it in the attic of their newly purchased restaurant, New Gobbles, the event was even mentioned in The New York Times, as the fame of the discovery had spread. Mr and Mrs IIardi tried to re-furbish the temple to turn in to a local heritage landmark. Although the temple was clearly a replica of the original Horus Temple of the Golden Dawn, confusingly, it had also been used as a Garuda Temple. The original Garuda Temple was in premises at Kings Arcade, Bradford, (now demolished) and had the Garuda painted on the back wall in place of Horus, the art work done by a lady who had spent much time in India.
By 1984, Mr and Mrs IIardi had ordered ceremonial magical equipment for display and had parts of the temple repainted. One expert brought in, insisted the original paintings were from the early 1900's, but had been replenished in the 1950's. Predictably, the IIardis ran out of money and left the premises, their dream unrealised and the important find largely unrecognised after the original bursts of publicity.
Curiously, the author of the piece was witness to the temple during a visit to the building in 1986. It is now understood that there remains little to suggest the property at Godwin Street, Bradford, was once home to such a significant faction within the occult fraternity.
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Monday, 1 August 2016
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