Tracking down the Gavigan Estate – potent location in the classic Call of Cthulhu campaign Masks of Nyarlathotep
March last year I was in Morocco with my lady, Miss G: visiting Marrakech, Essaouira and Atlas Mountains. Whilst there we made friends with another couple. They were from Essex and told me about a place there called the Dengie. It includes a petrified forest dating back to the time of the Doomsday book. They invited us over to visit. Lots of things appealed to me about this trip. For one, I used the word Dengie for the name of a synthetic bio-engineered bodyguard (monster) used in the novel Broken Fury (work-in-progress). It has a creepy connotation. Also, the idea of seeing trees that had stood through so much of English history. I wanted to see them. And finally, this part of Essex, a stone’s throw from the location of the Gavigan Estate – used in a CoC campaign that is very dear to my heart, the epic, world-spanning Masks of Nyarlathotep. Here’s a few images from the trip. Starting with one of the petrified Oak trees that was mentioned in 1086! It boggles the mind.
Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall. Our friends took us to a remote stretch of landscape. A moderate walk along an lonely dust road. There, on a windswept bluff of grassy land was a solitary structure. This is the Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall. The tree above was documented in 1086, 20 years after the Norman conquest of England. This chapel was built in AD 654! Continue reading