Wednesday, March 15, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.74: The Windermere

The Windermere Public House stands at the edge of the Northwich line, only a short distance from Northwich Park Station itself. The pub has a wonderful art deco interior which has remained relatively unchanged since the building's completion in the 1930s.

The Windermere became the favoured watering hole of James Boreham who, back in the day, was regularly seen here in the company of some of occult luminaries of the time, including - on one occasion - Aleister Crowley. Indeed, many of Horsingdon's esoteric and Theosophical groups made regular use of the pub's function room during this period - including the local branch of the Society for Psychical Research, which famously held a disastrous seance there in 1935 (during which one of the participants mysteriously and inexplicable disappeared).

That the pub is haunted goes without saying, for its nooks and snugs are aswarm with the echo of occult secrets, once furtively whispered in surroundings redolant of convivial sociality, by those forlorn and desolate souls who otherwise traversed the darkness alone.

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