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Primrose Hill Panorama to the South

Seems I’m retracing some interesting footsteps… “If the doors of perception were cleansed, every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.” -William Blake

The fields from Islington to Marybone,
To Primrose Hill and Saint Johns Wood:
Were builded over with pillars of gold,
And there Jerusalems pillars stood.

Blake thus used the same imagery of Primrose Hill in his vision of the divine city that would rise out of the capital. For Blake, time did not exist and he therefore looked to the distant past and the distant future, to see a London of utter bliss, the “Heavenly Jerusalem” spoken off in the Bible. He would walk through London, and particularly seemed to have an affinity for London Stone, where he had quite a few visions of “Jerusalem”. On Primrose Hill, he had a vision of the “Spiritual Sun”, which he compared to the true light, the light of the Imagination.

I didn’t know that Blake’s was a fan of the London Stone, as I am. I didn’t have visions there, though. Here’s the Wikipedia page on Primrose Hill.

The body of Edmund Berry Godfrey was found there, touching off a spate of anti-Catholic hysteria, which lead to the execution of three men, Green, Berry, and Hill on Primrose Hill on 5 February, 1679. They were tried on false evidence. The site was for a time afterward known as Greenberry Hill.

Edward Williams, aka Iolo Morganweg founded the Gorsedd Beirdd Ynys Prydain there, which is considered the foundation of (or rebirth of, depending on who you ask) “Modern druidry.” Interestingly,

The symbol commonly used to represent a Gorsedd is a triple line, the middle line upright and the outer two slanted towards the top of the centre, thus: /|\. This symbol, called “awen”, is often explained as representing the sun[8]. The word “awen” means “muse” in Welsh.

Pay no mind that the “ancient” documents turned out 150 years later to have been written by Morganweg himself.

Personified here by Morganweg and Blake, isn’t it interesting that during a period known as The Enlightenment there was such a rise in hermetic and occult interest?

After the construction of Euston Station, the area around the park became a slum, since that was where the steam trains were shunted to clean, etc. So there was a constant stream of soot in the area. But like the phoenix, after the line was electrified in 1960, Primrose hill has come back and become a very prime address.

Madness were photographed atop Primrose Hill for The Rise and Fall.

Madness: The Rise & Fall

Originally posted here.

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