7 Most Sinister Locations Of Black Magic In The UK
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The United Kingdom has a long history of witchcraft and occult practices, from the Pendel witch trials in Lancashire to secret societies performing Satanic rituals in secret underground grottos.
These are the seven location across the country that are best known for their links to witchcraft, dark magic, ritual sacrifice, occult ceremonies and even Devil worship.
7. Bolsover, Derbyshire
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Bolsover is a small town near Chesterfield, which is said to be the most Satanic town in the UK. In the 2011 national census, enough residents responded with "Satanism" as their religious belief to give it the highest concentration of Satanists in the country.
However, the administrator for the Church of Satan, Priestess Serena Malone, thinks it is nothing more than people having a laugh when filling in their census form, "while we have many members throughout the UK, that area does not have any exceptional concentration of our adherents."
But maybe there is some truth in it, local legend states that the Devil visited the town and demanded his hooves be repaired using local Derbyshire iron. The blacksmith is said to have driven a nail into his hoof while fitting him for the shoe and the Devil took off. He was in pain and so angry that he kicked all the way out of town, it's said that this caused the famous crooked spire at the nearby Chesterfield Parish Church.
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6. Racton Monument, West Sussex
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Constructed between 1766 and 1775, the Racton Monument was originally the summerhouse of the 2nd Earl of Halifax, although this could have been a cover and the real purpose of the tower was for him to watch his merchant ships dock at the nearby port village of Emsworth.
The folly has bee abandoned for over one hundred years and has fallen into disrepair and is now in the hands of a private owner. but during it's uncared years the folly became the site of multiple suicides and many occult rituals have been performed here.
As a result of the monument's grisly history the folly is now popular with paranormal investigators who research the many reports of hauntings, including claims that people have seen bricks thrown from above and heard disembodied shouts.
5. Dering Woods, Pluckey
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Pluckey in Kent holds the title of the most haunted village in the UK, and the local woods, known as the "screaming woods," contribute to this claim. Witnesses have reported hearing screams coming from the woods at night, as well as hearing disembodied footsteps and seeing strange lights in the sky.
The woods are said to have connections to satanic rituals, believed to be performed by a religious cult from the nearby village of Smarden. When a private investigator, Robert Collin, tried to get to the bottom of the cult in 1964, his investigation was cut short after his untimely death in a car accident.
4. Hellfire Caves, West Wycombe
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The Hellfire Caves are a manmade network of chalk mines excavated in the 1700s, which extend a quarter of a mile underground near the village of West Wycombe. The caves have a past of satanic rituals, worship and sacrifice, making them a terrifying place to visit today.
The caves were once the meeting place for the Hellfire Club a group of influential members of society including politicians. It's believed they practiced black magic and engaged in orgies.
3. Clapham Woods, West Sussex
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Clapham Woods in West Sussex was the location of a spate of UFO sightings during the late 1960s and 1970s. This single area of Britain has more reports of weird goings on than anywhere else in Britain.
The woods were once famously used as a site of occult rituals by a satanic cult called "Friends of Hecate". Their rituals were details in the 1987 book, 'The Demonic Connection' by Toyne Newton, Charles Walker and Alan Brown. It's claimed these group of Devil worshippers were responsible for animal sacrifices in the wood.
Perhaps the scariest fact about Clapham Woods is the strangely high number of dead bodies that have been found there in recent years. In 1972 a police constable went missing and his body was found in a patch of brambles, missing pensioner was found dead in the forest in 1975, the body of a missing reverend was found in 1978, and the body of a homeless man was discovered in 1981.
2. Pendle Hill, Lancashire
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Pendle Hill is famous for its history of witchcraft, murder and execution. In 1612, 12 people were accused of a spate of local murders and witchcraft was said to be involved in the killing. The twelve witches lived in the area surrounding Pendle Hill and were charged with the murders of ten people
One of the accused died in prison, the other 11, nine women and two men, were tried for witchcraft and ten were found guilty and hanged. The trials are some of the most famous and best recorded witch trials in British history.
1. St. Botolph's Church, Skidbrooke
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Also known as "The Demon Church," St. Botolph's had links to Satanic groups in the 1970s and 80s, and as it's now abandoned has become a popular location for paranormal investigators.
The church warden, Ralph Benton, said that "Satan worshipping has gone on. They come from Grimsby in the evenings, light fires and write symbols on the walls." The occultists have daubed pillars in the church with Satanic graffiti and evidence suggests sheep and poultry have been sacrificed.
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