Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Horsingdon Transmissions No.80: Stolen Goods

This windowless, mausoleum-like edifice is the facade to a warehouse built by James Boreham in the 1920s in which he apparently stored the many books and artefacts he had acquired during his travels. It has since become incorporated into the equally brutal, functionalist architecture of what is Northwich's principal industrial estate.

The poisonous nature of the commodification of life - and indeed the very landscape - of Northwich and Horsenden is attested to by the fact that, despite its enture contents having been removed soon after Boreham was legally declared dead, the building has been subject to  umerous unauthorised and criminal intrusions - usually by inept but unscrupulous 'spiritual seekers' hoping, no doubt, to unearth some item of occult power.

After once such incident in the 1970s, the building was sealed off for a period - apparently by the Ministry, and in response to a series of brutal murders that occured in the area shortly after the break-in. How those horrific events were related to the attempted-burglary of an empty warehouse remains unclear; the incident, however, memorialises the fact that, even in death, James Boreham's legacy continues to cast a grotesque and sinister shadow over an already-disturbed and haunted landscape.

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