The HellFire Caves
THE HELLFIRE CLUB
With rumors of rituals to mass gatherings of politicians of wealth and fame, this club was said to be a secret society which gathered in the name of Satan. In fact, David Icke, posted an enigmatic article on his website which insinuated there were rituals taking place at St. Lawrence’s Church, West Wycombe in England which is built directly over the infamous caves of this Hellfire Club.
Originally called The Friars of St. Francis of Wycombe, but over time the name of the Hellfire Club took over. Sadly, it’s original members were named after the twelve apostles, and Sir Francis played Jesus. Black masses were held where worshipping Satan was known to be happening. The Abbey was redecorated in pornographic frescos and stained glass windows revealing the twelve apostles in precarious poses. At the entrance of the abbey, the inscription of Fay ce que voudras-do what thou wilt- a term which Aleister Crowley proudly possessed in his antics over 200 years later.
With these kinds of historical events taking place in these sites, who knows what continues to take place there, especially knowing the location being under a Church!
1666 – The Hellfire Club appears in the comic “Histoire Secrete” along with an appearance of Dr. John Dee, although it it is clearly anachronistic since the story took place in 1666.
1680 – Thirty-six of the commoners were executed, including La Voisin, who was burned alive in 1680. The Black mass was a decadent fashion into the 19th century, when it began to wane. The Hellfire Club, a fraternal group in London in the late 19th century. Most of the nobility got off with jail sentences and exile in the countryside. Thirty-six of the commoners were executed, including La Voisin, who was burned alive in 1680. The Black mass was a decadent fashion into the 19th century, when it began to wane. The Hellfire Club, a fraternal group in London in the late 19th century, was said to perform a Black mass regularly in worship of the Devil , though it is likely that the rites were little more than sexual escapades.
Jun 28, 1707 – The second was granted on 28 June 1707 to Francis Dashwood, and is the Premier Baronetcy in the Baronetage of Great Britain. The most famous of these was Francis Dashwood, 15th Baron le Despencer, the second baronet, founder of the Hellfire Club.
1719 – The HELLFIRE CLUB was a Sunday drinking club established in London in 1719 by the Duke of Wharton. The purpose was to enliven the dull traditional Sunday with drink and rude songs. They called it the Hell Fire Club not because they believed in hell fire but because, with the rise of the Age of Reason, they did not.
1720 – Four miles along the road from Glencree to Dublin we pass on the left Montpe- lier Hill, on top of which is Speaker Conolly’s ruined sporting lodge, built in 1720. (Conolly also owned the Elizabethan Rathfarnham Castle to the north.)
1721 – Wharton’s club came to an end in 1721 when George I, under the influence of Wharton’s political enemies (namely Robert Walpole) put forward a Bill “against ‘horrid impieties’” (or immorality), aimed at the Hellfire Club.
1722 – After his Club was disbanded, Wharton became a Freemason, and in 1722 he became the Grandmaster of England.Despite the fact that there has never been proof that Wharton’s Hellfire Club ever did more than hold mock religious ceremonies and drink excessively, Wharton’s political opposition used his membership as a way to pit him against his political allies, thus removing him from parliament.After his Club was disbanded, Wharton became a Freemason, and in 1722 he became the Grandmaster of England.
1725 – The building was, in fact, erected by RH Connolly, Speaker of the Irish House of Parliament, as a shooting lodge, about the year 1725. Tradition tells of its occupation by a club of ‘wild young gentlemen’ who used a tavern in Cork Hill as their meeting place, but were dismissed for bad behavior hence the name ‘Hellfire Club’.
Mar 1727 – To avoid censorship, the Courant appeared under Benjamin Franklin’s name even after he abandoned his brother for Philadelphia and so continued until the paper failed and Jameleft Boston for Newport in 1727. Judge Samuel Sewall, a political ally of the Mather party, was reminded of his unhappy role in the witchcraft hysteria of the 1690s, in a slashing literary attack that has been credited to Benjamin Franklin. To avoid censorship, the Courant appeared under Benjamin Franklin’s name even after he abandoned his brother for Philadelphia and so continued until the paper failed and James Franklin left Boston for Newport in 1727.
1729 – Sir Frances Dashwood seduced Empress Anne of Russia in 1729 by pretending to be King Charles XII of Sweden. Dashwood lived from 1708-1781, and founded the historical Hellfire Club, a model for Marvel Comics’ version of same. The Hellfire Club …Sir Frances Dashwood seduced Empress Anne of Russia in 1729 by pretending to be King Charles XII of Sweden. Dashwood lived from 1708-1781, and founded the historical Hellfire Club, a model for Marvel Comics’ version of same. The Hellfire Club included Benjamin Franklin as one of its members and featured clerically-themed orgies, in which the attendees were dressed as priests and nuns.
Leading to Benjamin Franklin Hall
1730 – The godfather of Georgian debauchery was undoubtedly Sir Francis Dashwood, the renowned sadist and pervert who founded the infamous Hellfire Club in about 1730 . This organisation, dedicated to lavish drinking, black magic and depraved sexual orgies, was efficiently run, with a network of madams scouring the country and supplying young virgins to the membership, as a virtual ‘Who’s Who’ of the arts, politics and this Church. At least one serving Prime Minister, a Chancellor of the Exchequer, and a Lord Mayor of London, were fully paid-up members. Even Benjamin Franklin took a passing interest.
1733 – Charles Sackville formed a lodge in the Black Nobility stronghold of Florence, Italy in 1733 and he cofounded the Dilettanti Society with Benjamin Franklin’s friend, Sir Francis Dashwood. Charles Sackville and Dashwood were members of an Elite group of …Charles Sackville formed a lodge in the Black Nobility stronghold of Florence, Italy in 1733 and he cofounded the Dilettanti Society with Benjamin Franklin’s friend, Sir Francis Dashwood. Charles Sackville and Dashwood were members of an Elite group of Freemasons around Frederick, Prince of Wales, a member of the Hellfire Club. Charles’ younger brother, George, became colonel of the 20th Foot Regiment (later the Lancashire Fusiliers) and Master of their field lodge.
1735 – Richard Parsons, the first Earl of Rosse, established the Hell-Fire Club in Dublin in 1735. The president of the Hell Fire Club was named ‘The King of Hell’ and was dressed like Satan, with horns, wings and cloven hoofs. One custom was that of leaving the …Richard Parsons, the first Earl of Rosse, established the Hell-Fire Club in Dublin in 1735. The president of the Hell Fire Club was named ‘The King of Hell’ and was dressed like Satan, with horns, wings and cloven hoofs. One custom was that of leaving the vice-chair unoccupied for the devil in whose honor the first toast was always drunk.
1735 – The Irish Hell Fire Club was founded in 1735 by Richard Parsons, 1st Earl of Rosse and Colonel Jack St Leger. The president of the club was Richard Chappell Whaley, a descendant of Oliver Cromwell and known as “Burn-Chapel” Whaley on account of his penchant for setting fire to Catholic churches.
1739 – The Peerage shows that the title of Santry (Barry, Baron Santry) was forfeited in 1739. Respecting the possessor of the title at that period, there exist in Dublin, no doubt, more accurate and ample particulars than my memory supplies, and which would be …The Peerage shows that the title of Santry (Barry, Baron Santry) was forfeited in 1739. Respecting the possessor of the title at that period, there exist in Dublin, no doubt, more accurate and ample particulars than my memory supplies, and which would be acceptable as illustrative of the manners of the aristocratic youth of that remote day. I remember being told that the last Lord Santry was a member of the club with the horrible title just mentioned (the Hellfire Club), and which was distinguished for its disgraceful orgies, licentiousness, brutalities, and violence.
White Lady Ghost
1740 – He is said to have appeared during a card game, and vanished when a man spotted that he had cloven hooves instead of feet. The Hellfire Club burned down in 1740, and is now a mere shell. Could it be that Satan himself had a hand in this? What we know for sure is …And of course, the best known supernatural visitor to The Hellfire Club is none other than The Devil himself. He is said to have appeared during a card game, and vanished when a man spotted that he had cloven hooves instead of feet. The Hellfire Club burned down in 1740, and is now a mere shell. Could it be that Satan himself had a hand in this? What we know for sure is that the old hunting lodge still smells of brimstone, leading some to suggest that perhaps he still makes an occasional appearance!
1741 – The former Green Man Inn, at the junction of Green Man Lane and the A15, was once a staging post for travellers and may have also been a court house.  The Lincoln Club was established here in about 1741, catering for the ” distinguished gentlemen of Lincolnshire”. Sir Francis Dashwood, founder of the notorious Hellfire Club, was a member, as were Lord Monson of Burton and Lord Robert Manners of Bloxholm.
Styx River Ghost
1745 – Dashwood founded the infamous “Hellfire Club” in 1745. He was an inspiration to future occultists, such as Anton LaVey, Aleister Crowley, and no doubt to some degree, Gerald Gardner. Dashwood founded the infamous “Hellfire Club” in 1745. Those Wiccans who think Wicca is an ancient religion think Dashwood might have been a Wiccan himself (he wasn’t). Even though most people classify him as a Satanist, more than likely Dashwood was an atheist who did blasphemous things for shock value, just as many Satanists do today.
Styx Rover Mists
1746 – The Harem” as a regular club toast. The club lasted for only two years, ending in 1746, when Dashwood founded the Hellfire Club. Members met to dine and relate experiences in the east. Its members included distinguished travelers, who made important contributions to travel writing and knowledge of culture and art in the region controlled by the Ottoman Empire. ” The Harem” as a regular club toast. The club lasted for only two years, ending in 1746, when Dashwood founded the Hellfire Club.
St. Lawrence Storm
1747 – In 1747, he married Mary Meade and so came into possession of an estate and income in Buckinghamshire. He soon gained the reputation as something of a rake and was a member of The Hellfire Club, a club that celebrated sex and drinking and was attended by …In 1747, he married Mary Meade and so came into possession of an estate and income in Buckinghamshire. He soon gained the reputation as something of a rake and was a member of The Hellfire Club, a club that celebrated sex and drinking and was attended by Benjamin Franklin. Wilkes was also the instigator of a prank that may have hastened its dissolution.
1748 – Radical MP for Aylesbury John Wilkes was a controversial and well-known figure during the 18th Century. He was particularly renowned for womanising and his membership of the ‘Hellfire Club’. In 1748 aged 22 he married Miss Mead who was 10 years his senior and they lived together in Prebandal House near the Parish Church of St Mary. A daughter was born, but shortly afterwards the marriage failed and he threw his energies into politics.
1749 – The tall guy with the long blond pony tail was Elic, who lived at the French château where Turek had spent two weeks in bawdy revelry with Sir Francis Dashwood’s Hellfire Club in the spring of 1749. Turek had always suspected that Elic was some type of Follet; how many humans have it in them to prevail over a vampire in a physical confrontation? The fact that he was still alive and youthful after all these years confirmed that suspicion.
1751 – In 1751 he formed the Hell-Fire Club at a secluded abbey on the Thames which he decorated with obscene murals and carvings as well as stocking its library with occult literature and pornography. His guests, including the Prince of Wales, the Earl of Sandwich and the son of the Archbishop of Canterbury, acted out pseudo black-mass rituals wearing masks and costumes.
1755 – The secret Hellfire Club reopens at the estate of Medmenham under the name the Monks of Medmenham (under the ruins of Medmenham Abbey).
1780 – Elizabeth Shaw-Worthington: A teenager that fled from England when she was 13 years old. In 1780, she was taken by Lady Grey of the Hellfire Club as her protégé, who wanted to use her to seduce General Wallace Worthington and extract military secrets in order to defeat George Washington. Elizabeth fell in love with Worthington and married him, neglecting her duties to Lady Grey. Worthington is killed by the Hellfire Club, though it is hinted that Elizabeth was already pregnant, making her an ancestor of Warren Worthington III.
Dec 11, 1781 – Sir Francis Dashwood died on 11th Dec 1781 at his mansion in West Wycombe by which time the club had stopped functioning. Benjamin Franklin, a close personal friend was also grand master of the French lodge The Nine Sisters. The Lodges San Juan, The Nine Sisters (the Grand Orient), Amis Reunis and the Illuminati brought about a coup d’etat in France in July 1789. The Illuminati groups the Jacobins and the Frankists were also involved in the French Revolution.
1796 – The caves are one long tunnel, along which various niches and halls have been inserted. Towards the end is an artificial river, ending in the so-called “Inner Temple”, which sits 300 feet underneath St Lawrence’s Church, located at the top of the hill. The entrance to the caves is through at Gothic façade.
1800-1914 – With names such as, Thomas Buck Whaley the son of Richard Chappell Whaley, Jack Fuller, Paul Whitehead, Scarlette, David Mancuso, and others more well known now such as the CFR, Bilderbergers, Club of Rome, Fabian Society, and Skull & Bones…this club seems to be much more than a fairy tale and more of a horror fest.
1915 – In 1915, Union Jack stops the Hellfire Club’s Harry Manners from releasing the Harbinger in London. Today, Cable visits Cyclops and Phoenix before leaving on his mission to stop the Hellfire Club. From Madelyne Pryor, Cable learns of Shaw’s plan to free the Harbinger in London. Cable arrives as Ch’vayre, Pierce, and Shaw are releasing the Harbinger from his cocoon. The Harbinger easily defeats Cable and the Hellfire Club before making his escape.
1915-2011 – From nightclubs to sex clubs we have people who seem to be attracted to this name and what it infers. We even have bands, movies, festivals, and books containing these same diverse materials.
THE HELLFIRE CAVES
Created an ancient Egyptian-Graeco-Roman theme for the club. The visitor to Medmenham was welcomed by a statue of Harpocrates, the Egyptian god of silence, as well as of his female equivalent, the goddess Angerona.
At the entrance, there was a statue of Venus, stooping to pull a thorn out of her foot. There is also an inscription from Virgil:
Hic locus est, partes ubi se via findit in ambas;
Hac iter Elyzium nobis ; at laeva malorum
Exercet poenas, et ad impia Tartara mittit.
“Here is the place where the way divided into two; this on the right is our route to Heaven, but the left-hand path exacts punishment from the wicked, and sends them to pitiless Hell.” They were, after all, the Hellfire club.
Most prominent is a statue of Priapus. In myth, Priapus was the son of Pan and Venus, and was born with constant erection. The phallus of the statue was tipped with a flame, underlining the “fire” aspect of the club. And if anyone was left in any doubt, there was another inscription:
“A tense penis, not penitence”, suggesting the club is not a Christian penitent movement… but a sex club. That sex was on the agenda, is no longer in any doubt.
Inside the caves are two Roman numerals. The first is “XXII”, 22, located on the left hand side of the wall some distance inside the caves. Some believe that they are a measurement in poles of the distance from the entrance. But why would anyone need to know such information? Furthermore, why 22, and not 20, or any other number? No wonder then that two poems have it that the location of the number XXII marks the location of a secret passage, which is said to run from the caves to the church above.
The other number is XXXIV – 34 – which is carved before the entrance of the tunnel which leads to the main chapter room. Again, no logical reason for its presence has been offered.
The end of the cave system is the so-called “Inner Temple”, where it is believed that meetings of the Hellfire Club were occasionally held. Some have labelled the room as the “vulva” of the Great Mother goddess. Just before is an artificial river, known as the “River Styx”. In 1796, a Mrs Philip Lybbe Powys stated that the pool of water had to be crossed on stepping stones, whereas previously there had been a boat. Later in 1863, the pool of water was described as the river Styx. Today, a bridge has been built over the “river”.
The Great Hall
The oeuvre of Dashwood, however, can best be interpreted in light of the club’s key message: “Do what you want…” In Pantagruel, Francois Rabelais (1494-1553), relates the story of Gargantua, the giant, who gives him an estate along the Loire, where John, a Friar, realises his dream in founding the Abbey of Theleme. Rabelais gives its exact dimensions, which are taken from the Kaballah. It has six sides, which echoes the design of the mausoleum that Dashwood created at West Wycombe. It design mimics the female reproductive system! But that is not all. Medmenham was an abbey that was located on the river Thames. Francis considered him and his club to be “friars”. Like Friar John realises his dream in the abbey of Theleme on the river Loire, Friar Francis realised his dream in Medmenham Abbey on the river Thames – and later in the creation of the cave complex. Finally, let us not forget that it was believed that the river Thames itself was named after Isis, the Egyptian Venus…
Members of the abbey in Rabelais’ account “did as they wanted”. Or to quote Rabelais: “All their life was regulated not by laws, statutes or rules, but according to their free will and pleasure. They rose from bed when they pleased, and drank, ate, worked and slept when the fancy seized them. Nobody woke them; nobody compelled them either to eat or to drink, or to do anything else whatever… In their rules there was only one clause: do what thou wilt.”
And this is what no doubt the true purpose of Medmenham abbey was: to provide a safe-haven for the top echelon of British society to “do as they wanted”. No strings attached. Still, as to what went on inside the caves… that is another matter, one that may forever be condemned to the fire of hell…