GUEST BLOG BY GARETH J. MEDWAY
From the 1960s onwards there have been witchcraft rituals held in Queen’s Wood, Highgate, at the site of the plague pits known as Churchyard Bottom, or, nowadays, as the Witches’ Circle. Those involved normally meet up at The Woodman public house at the junction of Archway Road and Muswell Hill Road. The earliest of these groups was known as The Regency, who were derived from the Clan of Tubal Cain, founded by Robert Cochrane (Roy Bowers), who said that he rejected ‘Gardnerian’ practices in witchcraft, though in fact he had himself been initiated into a coven derived from Gerald Gardner.
In a photograph of The Woodman taken at the time of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897, it was displaying the sign: “Ashwell Brewery E. K. & H. Fordham”. Now, Edward King Fordham was the father of Rupert Oswald Fordham, who in 1935 married Dorothy Clutterbuck, who is alleged to have initiated Gerald Gardner into witchcraft in 1939. What goes around comes around.