Burnley, Lancashire: Springfield Road and Pendle Hill

Noticing recently that the earliest correspondence of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Luxor was written on Springfield Road in Burnley, I wondered if the same houses might be standing that were there in 1886, and the answer seems to be yes.

Seeing hills in the distance, I checked out the environs of Burnley and found that a hill of great spiritual significance overlooks the town, Pendle Hill where George Fox in 1652 had a vision of the future growth of the Society of Friends:

As we travelled, we came near a very great hill, called Pendle Hill, and I was moved of the Lord to go up to the top of it; which I did with difficulty, it was so very steep and high. When I was come to the top, I saw the sea bordering upon Lancashire. From the top of this hill the Lord let me see in what places he had a great people to be gathered.

—George Fox: An Autobiography, Chapter 6

When Thomas H. Burgoyne sent out the earliest HBofL lessons to Americans, it was from a town where the memory of an earlier visionary was permanently enshrined in a natural landmark.