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,  that are still veiled in mystery.  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).