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by Philip Heselton

KATHERINE LOUISE OLDMEADOW, Children’s Writer and Member of the New Forest Coven? In my book ”Wiccan Roots – Gerald Gardner and the Modern Witchcraft Revival”, I wrote at length about my investigations into claims that Dorothy Clutterbuck had been involved in the witchcraft tradition into which Gerald Gardner claimed to have been initiated in 1939. I came to no definite conclusions on that, but drew attention to the sentence in the biography Gerald Gardner Witch which quoted Gardner as saying: “I found that Old Dorothy and some like her, plus a number of New Forest people, had kept the light shining.”

Gardner said that he was told this by the people who initiated him who had found a surviving coven centred in Highcliffe, on the edge of the New Forest. This was a clue that I felt could be followed up. I took the phrase “some like her” to mean individuals of a similar social background, so I was generally looking at her friends and acquaintances to see whether there was anyone who stood out as a possibility.

Read the original article at: The Cauldron

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