The Sheffield Keys

by the Cross of Light Temple & Mark Reeve




Everywhere is weird, but certain places are more powerfully and consistently so; they are where the worlds meet. We hope that this article will inspire documented excursions that explore such sites of occult significance in the North of England, especially moving pictures that artfully combine psychic questing, psychogeography and experimental poetics, perhaps along the lines of Iain Sinclair & Chris Petit’s roadtrip masterpiece, London Orbital. Indeed, Northern England has the A666, aka: the “Devil’s Highway”, an almost 30-mile long major road of dual carriageway motorway and narrow urban town street, that links the Witchcraft-significant-named district of Pendlebury near Manchester to the Ribble Valley in Lancashire. For a short length the A666 is officially named “Saint Peter’s Way”, and thus constitutes an initiatory pilgrimage route.


Of especial interest is Fenton in Stoke-on-Trent and surrounds, scene of the most bizarre “Motorway Madness” activities of the Swedish Twins, Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, [1] that are still veiled in mystery. [2] The area has dark antecedents, for there was a S&M-orientated Satanic coven operative in Stoke-on-Trent during the 1990s. I don’t remember the coven’s name and no longer have its literature, but recall that new recruits were initiated via sexual intercourse with its leaders. Some even claim Stoke-on-Trent contains a “Hellmouth”, a veritable gateway to Hell, although a more likely candidate is Leeds, which is full of occult history and symbolism, and the birthplace of the Seventh Son and master mind-controller, Jimmy Savile, who entered this world on Halloween in the year 1926 (1+9+2+6 = 18 = 6+6+6).

Anyhow, the nearby city of Sheffield and its surrounding areas are a more welcoming place, and Nine Keys to their esoteric mysteries are hereby gifted to potential investigators by the Sheffield-based Cross Of Light Temple (COLT), in text and possible attracting-charge photos (like the objects that have attracted other things, such as the mysterious “low humming noise” or “low level noise with a low tone lasting about a second followed by three or four shorter bleeps of the same tone”, that has been heard in Sheffield since at least 2001). [3]



[1] It seems obvious that they were part of a so-called “Supersoldier” experiment to create a mind-controlled, almost invincible warrior class within the Western Military, but their programming either broke down during their mission or they had managed to escape their controllers before the programming was completed.
If a group of children were purposefully secluded on an island from birth, with no access to the outside world, then taught that they were very special, elite individuals, whose destiny is to save the world, etc., they could potentially become, and do, almost anything. Similarly, if older people were taken to a secure facility apart from the normal world, their memories wiped by hypnosis, drugs and electroshock, and were then reprogrammed, then presumably they too could become superhuman.
Obviously, primary documentation on this subject is restricted, but there is diluted and corrupted information available (such as the Montauk Boys, who were allegedly part of the Montauk Project; the Super Soldier Talk website; Jon Ronson’s The Men Who Stare at Goats book & The Crazy Rulers of the World documentary series of 2004, and the 2009 feature film adaptation of his book), given out so that the Cryptocracy can fulfil the universal law that they have to make public what they are doing, and perhaps attract willing candidates to become future Supersoldiers.
(Also see my article: The Devil’s Daughter’s – Ellis)
[2] For more on the occult aspects of this case, see Kenneth North, ‘The Midnight Desires of Wyrd Engines’, in Y Volume I.
[3] The Sheffied Star, 1 March 2001, quoted in Northern Earth Issue 86, Summer 2001, p.5.




1. We can confirm that the most spiritually-charged location in the whole of Sheffield is the backroom of the Wellington Pub at 1 Henry Street in Shalesmoor. Disembark at Shalesmoor tram stop, walk round the corner and you’re there. Just go in, turn left, sit down and feel it.

Thee Mound ov KrekjaThee Mound ov Krekja22. We also recommend a visit to Thee Mound ov Krekja, although you won’t find this on any conventional maps. You’ll need to look above Clough Fields Stables, formerly Clough (Fields) Farm, in Crookes. Don’t expect directions from the locals. Search COLT documents for more information and properties of place.

3. Tam Lin’s Portal is situated on the trail from Ringinglow to Fox House, which is well worth walking for these purposes.

4. Thee Temple of Silenus (or Ing) in Ecclesall Woods is another potent site, again hidden from the casual tripper. Search COLT texts for more about this zone.

A COLT initiate restoring Thee Temple of Silenus.

5. Saint Marie’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in Norfolk Row, Sheffield city centre, has been of interest to us in the past, but we can’t swear to its ongoing power, for we haven’t been there in a long time and it’s since been redeveloped.

6. Bowcroft Cemetery on Riggs High Road, Stannington, is an ancient Quaker burial ground that’s very active most days and nights. Beware the farmers (fox-tail-chop-off fackers) though.

7. The Nonconformist chapel in the General Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Sharrow, is a star feature amongst Victorian dead acres.
Rumours of black magic rites abound however, so take the necessary precautions.

Satanic graffiti on the Nonconformist chapel in the General Cemetery, Sharrow.

A (now demolished) mausoleum that spookily resembles a staring head at Rod Moor Cemetery, Hollow Meadows. Image Chris Hobbs.8. The abandoned, private Rod Moor Cemetery concealed within a wooded copse at Hollow Meadows is a creepy place whatever time of day. Its physical inhabitants have long been re-interred elsewhere but spectres still lurk. Built by the Bright Family in 1831, it now allegedly belongs to a retired policeman who, curiously, oversaw the criminal investigation into the (Satanic?) desecration of the site in 1982, when its eerie, beehive-like tombs were broken open to reach the coffins inside. The aforementioned source also claims that on 23 December 2012 the ex-copper demolished its remaining tombs to make way for his very own mausoleum, but that for some reason the plans were subsequently withdrawn (they were actually demolished in 2011, and a separate claim has been made that he used some of the tombstones to build an extension to his nearby house!).

9. The granite rocks that are inscribed with a magic mushroom sign at Wyming Brook hold much promise. You will need a competent guide or a keen eye to reach this one though.

In the vicinity of the Temple, located in Krekja.

You now have a start. If you want to go further, check the accompanying Cross Of Light Temple/Sheffield Patrol Group document, The Hall of Waltheof [33pp, 137kb PDF].



Whilst around the elevated Sheffield one may also visit the OVVL Service, or it you (tap into the narc/strain/warp), and make North(-ish) Staffordshire callings at:
1. Mow Cop (check Alan Garner’s Red Shift [Collins, 1973]).
2. The Cloud (aka: Bosley Cloud).
3. The Roches (esp. the Winking Man formation).
4. Rudyard Lake.
5. The Flash Inn, Flash (the highest settlement in Britain).

These in turn could bring the tripper to the dark (post-)industrial glory of the aforementioned Stoke-on-Trent and its immediate environs. It is written that at least one discarnate Victorian magician was contacted in Stoke-on-Trent’s dark basements during the psychic quest for the “Green Stone” from the late-1970s onwards,[1] and you could have one a town of the six towns of the city or the seven towns of the environs with the Swedish Twins as the calling for the town of Fenton. They’re callings because they call.

One of the Swedes (the tranced-out, possessed or otherwise altered Sabina) later killed an ex-RAF man, Glenn Hollinshead. Veer off from the scene to the upper-right through Sheffield as the crow flies and you could finish up at the RAF Bempton ritual/programming site, a former airfield and radar station located on the cliffs in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The overt aspect of RAF Bempton. Image: Rob.

Decommissioned in April 1972 and sold off during 1980-1981, still preserved on the walls of its subterranean corridors and rooms are a series of explicit occult-pornographic murals (Youtube:UrbEx 3: RAF Bempton Cliffs Abandoned Nuclear Complex previously used by Satanic Cults) that continue to emanate, like a British Abbey of Thelema. Indeed, there are unconfirmed reports that this horny art was made by a Satanic cult who frequented the site sometime during the 1970s-1980s, or even lived down there, and at least one documented disappearance, possibly murder, is connected to the place: the strange case of 18-year-old Russell Bohling, who was drawn to its vortex in 2010 then vanished without trace. Despite two searches, the only thing found there was his abandoned car.

The Bempton Ley - unknown to the general public until now - that allegedly empowered the late-1970s Northern England Magical Revival and/or the Violet Empire Goth-Vampire Cult/Conspiracy all over the United Kingdom. Image: Google Maps.

RAF Bempton, Sheffield and Stoke-on-Trent mark three major points on a telluric current alignment or “ley”. The fourth major point is Shrewsbury in Shropshire, part of the Welsh Marches.
The Order of Nine Angles (ONA/O9A) is said to have formed in the county of Shropshire in the late-1960s and to have its world headquarters there. (The ONA’s Satanic publications such as Diablerie: Revelations of a Satanist [1991] and The Black Book of Satan Volumes I-III [1992] were sold via Thormynd Press and Rigel Press respectively, that operated from two PO Boxes in Shrewsbury.) [The Order of Nine Angles is a serious organisation whose aim is to “presence the dark” to help establish the sinister “New Aeon” and a new breed of human – AR.]

It is long-rumoured that a synchronised deep occult working was performed at each of the four ley points on the significant date of Halloween, to help establish the burgeoning late-1970s Magical Revival in the North of England (see Appendix I), that became centred in Leeds and was later eulogised in The Fall song, Lucifer Over Lancashire (1986), that was then used in, and gave its name to, one of the few documentations of the revival by establishment media: the Lucifer Over Lancashire episode of the BBC2 public access TV series, Open Space. [2] Directed by Paul Pawlikowski and first broadcast in March 1987 during the Satanic Panic, LOL concentrated on the Northeast Lancashire scene and the conflicting views of local Pagans/Occultists and Christians, including the media-whore Anglican Reverend Kevin Logan, who planned to erect a giant cross on Pendle Hill on Halloween 1986 to repel Satan from this (in) famous site, that Logan regarded as “the witchcraft capital of England.”[3] A clip can be seen here.

A top banana contact has informed us that this working was probably one of the “Grand Projects” of the wilfully obscure Gwynedd Earth Mysteries Society (GEMS), for it is more-than hinted at in their internal grimoire, The Devil’s Bastard (1979), legendarily printed on a haunted, hand-cranked Gestetner stencil duplicator whose peculiarly toxic ink provoked tutelary hallucinations in the reader. The GEMS did perform sidereal sex ceremonies at prehistoric sites across North Wales to raise the “Ultron Energy” necessary for ley activation and thus access to the near-but-far realms where leys lead, and the denizens within. So we may assume that the GEMS also enacted these rites at prehistoric and later power locations in North England.

There is also unconfirmed evidence from another of our trusted sources that the Bempton Ley was magically utilised (presumably sometime between 1972-1975) to empower and concretise the “Violet Empire”, which appears to have been a proto-Goth-Vampire cult and conspiracy, perhaps now fully matured and still operational. For example, we reproduce here the text of an undated, badly-photocopied flyer that was doing the rounds a few years ago. Entitled “Thee Phantom Menace”, it is signed by a disgruntled member of the Empire named “Mike Monstar, with a face only a Mother of Darkness can love”:

TO THE GOOD MEN & WOMEN OF ENGLAND: I speak from (h) experience. Things are not what they seem and the Impostors don’t only dwell in dream. After the last Bempton Horror I fled South, pursued most of the way by the purple BMW with no interior lights, full of shadows. I had to get off the A34 to be
deprogrammed and warn the papers about Thee Phantom Menace, but I couldn’t leave the road wherever I travelled. You know those maps that show places in the same places decades apart? Following them can lead you more than astray…
I was sick of the Violet Empire and their cemetorial creeds. It didn’t ring true as peaceful or mournful. It just felt like it had one letter missing short of a gestalt (that house in the nowhere between Newcastle and Stone in the darkness of fatigue and fear of 1976 was violet…). You know how you come to know that you don’t know anything about any of the people you know? That was the approach to the chasm. That was the teetering on the edge.
There was no alternative but to pass on. There never was. There never is. There never will be. It was too early for a Goth Revival because the first manifestation had yet to be. No bands, fanzines or clubs – just sacrifices and invisible goads. You know that bunch of kants who talk nonsense about passion and commitment? They were telling me I needed to follow Buchla über Moog by Analog Synth Muppets. Peculiar peacocks of chicken messiah shocks.
All hail Alan and the Green Blood. I did so. I did it quickly. I did everything I was told to do and don’t know what’s real anymore apart from the terror. The Goths will come… They will wreak their stygian sorceries. They will travel many virgins from the corner to their crepuscular crypt, then a chosen few initiates to the grumpy elder and his talking dog in the floating castle. What are you blaming me for? May their souls know peace, but their ghosts are within us. We are the monoliths.
Beware the Night!

When we rang the modern-day Leeds area telephone number included on the flyer (0113 4960768) to request more information, all we heard was an automated message stating that it was unavailable. Further research revealed that it was a totally fictitious number allocated for use in drama productions. Whether this means the document was simply mistyped, or is a more intentional prank or grey/black propaganda has not been established, but it certainly adds to the mystery.



[1] See Graham Phillips & Martin Keatman, The Green Stone (Neville Spearman, 1983), although it’s long out of print, as is their sequel, The Eye of Fire (CW Daniel Co., 1986). However, more information on these interlinked quests can be found here/here and here, respectively.
[2] One may also relate both Lucifer Over Lancashire works to the song Lucifer Over London (Parts I & II, 1994) by Current 93, with all titles ultimately deriving from Lewis Spence’s Nazi Occult story ‘Lucifer Over London’, first published in The London Mystery Magazine in 1950 and illustrated by Austin Osman Spare. If so, in a magical sense, a certain something connects and empowers all parts of this lineage.
[3] Joanne Pearson, ‘Wicca, Paganism & History: Contemporary Witchcraft & the Lancashire Witches’, in Robert Poole, ed., The Lancashire Witches: Histories & Stories, Manchester University Press, 2002, p.196. Logan, aka: “Kev the Rev”, was a close collaborator with Evangelical Christians Maureen Davies, Audrey Harper and Doreen Irvine (Reachout Trust) and Dianne Core (Childwatch). The former quartet appeared in the Cook Report episode, The Devil’s Work (1989), a primetime TV anti-occult hit-piece that established the Satanic Ritual Abuse myth in the wider UK public, and the lot of them did much more to hype and spread the Satanic Panic throughout the country.
Logan eased off his public battle after a disturbed, supposed SRA survivor, Caroline Marchant, committed suicide in his vicarage whilst under his care in February 1990, but he continued to moonlight as a journalist and write anti-occult books, such as Satanism & the Occult (Kingsway, 1994). In 2007 he attempted a comeback, riding on the Harry Potter hysteria, then retired from vicaring in 2008.



It could be said that the artist-magician Austin Osman Spare was the (presumably unconscious) progenitor of the Northern England Magical Revival, thanks to the publication in 1973 of Vol. I, No.4 of the Bath, UK-based, Agapé: The Occult Review, that contained Ramsey Dukes’ (real name Lionel Snell) Spare Parts – an introductory (and perhaps the first-ever) article on the philosophy and magic of Spare, and Spare’s, The Anathema of Zos: The Sermon to the Hypocrites (1927). According to Dukes, this sparked the interest (and probable direction) of certain occultists in North England who went on to found chaos magic in this region. These occultists probably included Ray Sherwin and Peter Carroll, co-founders of the freeform, experimental and syncretic Illuminates of Thanateros (IOT) chaos magic group, that was first mentioned publicly in the former man’s The New Equinox magazine in 1976/1977.

The IOT didn’t really take off until 1978, when Sherwin and Carroll were both living in East Morton, West Yorkshire. That year Sherwin’s Morton Press imprint published his own The Book of Results and the first edition of Carroll’s, Liber Null. (Interestingly, around this time the tutelary magic mushroom – including the uncommon Psilocybe cyanascens that can be up to six times more potent than the Liberty Cap variety – also became more well known in certain circles, thanks to Richard Cooper’s, A Guide to British Psilocybin Mushrooms [Red Shift Research Collective, 1977], the first magic mushroom hunting guide to be published in the UK.)

After these chaos magic Ur texts had attracted suitable people and more had been recruited at the Saturday coffee socials held in a converted storeroom owned by the nearby Sorcerer’s Apprentice occult supply shop in Leeds, West Yorkshire, the first IOT group proper was active from November 1980 until May 1982. In 1984 the Circle of Chaos group was formed in Yorkshire, and disbanded circa 1988. During this time it launched Chaos International magazine in 1986 and organised the Chaos Symposium in Leeds in 1987, published and chaired by Ray Sherwin respectively.

Other groups of note were Thee Temple ov Psychick Youth (TOPY), who – like but different to the IOT – deconstructed then reconstructed magic, finding then utilising the parts that really worked in a serious playful exploration, that also entered cultural and political areas. They maintained a strong presence in the North of England during most of the 1980s, their TOPY Station 23 (that covered the whole of the UK) being based in Sheffield, alongside several TOPY Access Points (a smaller version of their Stations) such as TOPY HEART (Yorkshire) and TOPY STEEL (Sheffield). At this time TOPY held its Global Annual Meetings at Upper Oldhams Farm in Monyash, Derbyshire, whose grounds contain the Neolithic Arbor Low monument, known locally as the “Stonehenge of the North” (see Appendix II).

The more shadowy and arcane Esoteric Order of Dagon (E.’.O.’.D.’.) was formed in the USA in 1981, its existence announced that same year in The Manifesto of the Aeon of Cthulhu by Frater Zkauba XXIII*. Inspired by HP Lovecraft’s ‘fictional’ mappings of terrifying parallel dimensions (some too close for comfort), E.’.O.’.D.’. initiates were especially active in the North of England from the mid-1980s onwards and around 1987 its Grand R’lyeh Lodge relocated from the USA to the UK.

The Lamp of Thoth magazine affiliated to the Sorcerer’s Apprentice was also integral to the revival and appeared throughout the 1980s. Much interest was also generated after the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Press published the first edition of Carroll’s, Psychonaut in 1981, then a new edition of his Liber Null plus the first editions of Sherwin’s, The Theatre of Magic and The Collected Works of Austin Osman Spare in 1982, the latter book introducing this “Grandfather of chaos magic”, and his previously difficult to obtain major magical texts and artworks, to a much wider audience (the second edition [1986] also includes Ramsey Duke’s aforementioned seminal article on Spare, Spare Parts). Another important publication was based in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, where you can stand at a crossroads and see signs that read: WELCOME TO SHEFFIELD; WELCOME TO DONCASTER; WELCOME TO BARNSLEY; WELCOME TO ROTHERHAM. This was NOX magazine, that covered the more darker and forbidden aspects of magic. It was created in 1986 by Stephen Sennitt, who was also the UK Coordinator of the aforementioned Esoteric Order of Dagon.



The Neolithic Arbor Low in Derbyshire, England and the same-shaped, late-Neolithic Bryn Celli Ddu (the “Mound in the Dark Grove”) on Anglesey, North Wales, lie within just two minutes of the same lattitude, and these two ancient sites, together with Stonehenge, form a right-angled 3-4-5 Pythagorean Triangle. When another point, literally Morte Point, is added, these four sites form a Great Geomantic Power Rectangle (discovered by the respected Earth Mysteries researcher, Robin Heath).

The Bryn Celli Ddu-Arbor Low-Stonehenge-Morte Point Geomantic Power Rectangle. Image: Robin Heath.

Credit: Robin Heath

Morte Point is a peninsula on the extreme Northwest coast of Devon, and has long been known as a paranormal “Black Spot”, where accidents and fatalities are often caused by ghosts or monsters. In this case it is shipwrecks, i.e. five in the Winter of 1852 and eight on the same day of 26 October 1859, when many lives were lost, hence the site’s ‘secret’ name, “The Point of Death” (morte is French for ‘dead’). Morte Point ‘belongs’ to the National Trust and English Heritage ‘owns’ Stonehenge. This has fuelled rumours that inner-circle occultists ensconced in these two organisations are utilising the magical possibilities of these geomantically-aligned places. (Logic proposes that there was some kind of temple at Morte Point in the distant past, that has since disappeared – physically anyway…)

Arbor Low is currently privately owned and Bryn Celli Ddu is managed by the Welsh Government body, Cadw. Both are ‘positive’ sites on the roughly-same lattitude, whilst Morte Point and Stonehenge are ‘negative’ sites on the roughly-same lattitude. Evolutionary freedom magic was performed by TOPY at Arbor Low, and Bryn Celli Ddu is the sole prehistoric site on Anglesey that is accurately aligned to the rising Sun on Midsummer Solstice. Conversely, Morte Point kills people and the current guardians of Stonehenge force visitors to walk widdershins (against the Sun) around the stones on the official grass path, as in a black magic rite (see The Friday FARcast, Ellis C. Taylor on the Odd Case of James Casbolt & Crop Circles, 7 August 2015, from: 1:10:05).



Schemata for a Sandjar Ley Power Detector (the wires pass through holes drilled in the cork). Image: Jimmy Goddard of the Surrey Earth Mysteries Group.Image: Jimmy Goddard of the
Surrey Earth Mysteries Group.

When searching for leys and similar alignments, etc., in the field the use of the Sandjar Ley Power Detector (shown above), probably invented by Jimmy/James Goddard of the Surrey Earth Mysteries Group, is recommended, as it has been proven to be effective, and, unlike dowsing rods or pendulums, can be used in windy weather, and even in the dark. Go with the flow…



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