Gardner is often referred to as the 'Father of Modern Witchcraft'. Following
the repeal of the last of the Witchcraft Laws in the early 1950's, he
published his classic book
which really brought the 'Witch Cult', as he often called it, into the
In 1952, along with his wife
Donna, he moved to the Isle of Man to
become the 'resident Witch' at Cecil Williamson's
Museum of Witchcraft. Ultimately, the museum became Gardner's after he
purchased it from Cecil in 1954.
Covens' - an article about Gardner which appeared in The Sunday
Pictorial, (29th July 1951).
(September 27th 1952) printed a report on 'Witchcraft in Britain'. As a
result of this article, Doreen
Valiente wrote to
who was at that time, the owner of the Isle of Man Witchcraft museum. Cecil
subsequently introduced Doreen to Gerald Gardner.
Illustrated 1952 (PDF)
file is 2mb in size so may take a while to download.)
Illustrated 1952 transcription
(Recommended for those on 56k connections.)
Dispatch (5th August 1954) newspaper printed this interview with Gerald
Gardner: Part 1 Part 2
(Files are quite
large and may take a while.)
Gardner gave a talk
at the Marylebone Spiritualist Association in London. An article about this
appeared in Psychic News (9th April 1955). Read it here.
Gardner gave an interview to
The Windsor Daily Star (April 18th 1955) about what the Witches
did to defy Adolf Hitler
A more negative opinion on Gardner
and Witchcraft was voiced by the Sunday Pictorial (June 17th 1955).
Read this ignorant example of a press article here.
magazine (June 24th-26th 1957) printed this interview with Gerald Gardner.
View it here
Read an article entitled
'Witchcrafts Inner Sanctum' from True magazine (1959/60)
Read a 1961 article by a Scottish
reporter entitled 'The day I met a Witch' here.
Read a 1961 article
entitled 'Scots Witches Still Casting Spells'
An interview with Gardner about
Witchcraft appeared in The Montreal Gazete (October 27th 1962).
Read it here
Read an article
from February 1963 by Rev. Stephan A. Hoeller entitled 'Occultism Through
the Eyes of Religion' here.
February 1964, Gardner passed away onboard the ship The Scottish Prince
whilst returning from over-wintering in sunnier climes. Here is a
News of the World article about
his passing and here you can find a photograph of
Gardner's final resting place in a Tunis cemetery.
FATE magazine ran a fairly
negative article on Witchcraft in September 1965, which mentions Gardner.
Read it here. Doreen Valiente
responded and her thoughts were published in the December 1965 edition of
FATE. Read her response here.
the editor and owner of the UK magazine
The Cauldron, wrote a
series of four articles about Gerald Gardner. These were first published in
1997, and you can now read them here:
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3,
www.geraldgardner.com is where,
among other things, you can find the excellent little essay
From Man to
Witch, Gerald Gardner 1946 - 1949 (PDF)
you can find a website with a piece entitled 'D. Valiente on Gardner'. This
has been compiled from extracts taken from Doreen Valiente's hard to find
The Rebirth of Witchcraft.
YouTube you can watch an old TV clip featuring Gerald Gardner.
Here you can watch an old TV clip featuring Gerald Gardner
in glorious technicolour! (it's near the end).
clip of Gardner using a besom!
is a website dedicated to all
You can find
some audio MP3's of Charles speaking about Gardner in my
Charles Clark section.
A list of books that were in Gerald Gardner's library can
be found here.
This helps to give you an overview into the sort of topics that Gerald was
For insight into the life and times of Gerald Gardner, I
urge you to read Philip Heselton's excellent books
Gerald Gardner and the Cauldron of Inspiration and
Additionally, be sure to take a look at Gerald Gardner's own
Gerald Gardner: Witch by Jack Bracelin, although it was actually
ghost-written by Idries Shah
who was a close friend of Gardner's.
original Witches Mill booklet
(Hosted on www.geraldgardner.com)
See pictures of
many items that were once housed in Gardner's Witchcraft Museum collection
here (in French)
(The Witches Mill then and now.
Modern Image taken
in 2008 - many thanks to Tof.)
(Many thanks to Melissa and Rufus Harrington, whose collection
of Doreen Valiente's scrapbooks, serve as the source for some of the articles and images on this
Gerald Gardner wrote several books on Witchcraft and Magic. In 1939, his
first magical book
A Goddess Arrives was published, this was followed in 1949 by
High Magics Aid. Both of these books were works of fiction.
Gardner is probably best known for his non-fiction books;
Witchcraft Today, first published in 1954 shortly after the repeal
of the Witchcraft Laws, and the
The Meaning of Witchcraft, published in 1959.
Aside from his
interest in magic, Gardner was a leading expert on the
Malay Kris and wrote a respected book about them called
The Kris and other Malay Weapons.
Gardner's classic book.
The Meaning of Witchcraft
second non-fiction book on Witchcraft.
'fictional' book on Magic.
Gerald Gardner: Witch - Gardner biography attributed to Jack Bracelin
but actually written by Idries Shah
God of the Witches (PDF) - by Dr Margaret Murray,
a friend of Gardner's.
The Witch Cult in Western Europe (PDF) -
Another book by Dr Margaret Murray.
Aradia, Gospel of the Witches (PDF) - A book by
Charles Leland that is known to
The Kris and other Malay
(PDF) Available from
http://lawica.free.fr/ . This website also has a small
article for French readers, written by Gardner, about the Cyprian
knife here. You can
also read a review of The Kris and Other Weapons
British Charms, Amulets and Talismans
early article of Gardner's taken from Folklore June 1942
Witchcraft and Matthew Hopkins -
An article by Gardner from Folklore June 1939.
The Hazel as a
question and reply from Folklore
Dec 1944 and Mar 1945.