Friday 23 February 2007 2.19pm
I'm sure many of you have heard of the Hawksmoor
churches. He was a pupil of Christopher Wren, and a Freemason. His architecture uses a lot of mystical symbolism and some people associate him with the occult. His London churches, including 2 obelisks added to other architects churches form a pentagram. Some people say this is not just an aesthetic decision and in fact forms an area (the pentagon formed in the centre) where evil will take place. Jack the rippers murders all took place in this area.
I'm agnostic and open-minded. By which I mean I do not believe in ghosts, afterlife, supernatural, nor do I believe they do not exist.
About a year ago I went to one of the churches, st. Annes, Limehouse, where there is a pyramid with the 'all seeing eye' on it. Suddenly, I heard a deep sigh and a moan, quite close by, but with no-one there. I was in the open, in the graveyard. I shrugged it off. Yesterday, someone I know that was once going to be working on a documentary about Hawksmoor
and his churches mentioned how the novelist Peter Ackroyd said he heard a sigh and a moan in st Annes graveyard. Its really spooked me.
I've just been reading about it all and I've spooked myself again. Very near me was st John's of Horsleydown, near Tower Bridge, as most of you will know. It was bombed in the war so only the foundations are there, with the ugly modern city mission building on top. I read that the weather vain of the old church, a comet, is on display in the new building, so I went to look. The building was closed but the weather vain was plain to see through the window. I've never in my life had such an overwhealming, irrational fear, and I had to get away. No idea why, though I have always been aware of feeling slightly spooked in the church grounds anyway. I just thought 'graveyard-spooky. So what?'. Though this has niggled since I used to be a bell-ringer and was always perfectly comfortable in churchyards.
Any fear I've had near the Hawksmoor
churches I always put down to the fact that they were designed to be imposing. I've just found out that whilst st. Johns near me was not built by Hawksmoor, an obelisk was added by him. The church is in the pentagram and he designed the weather vein.