That ceremony was a bit weird wasn't it, looking back knowing what we now know.
I have read that when Blake wrote of dark satanic mills he was referring to the universities of Oxford and Cambridge rather than factories and mills and whatnot (or maybe that's one subsequent interpretation). Not sure what that says about the dons in the colleges (who I guess when he wrote would all still have been ordained clergy).It's from Jerusalem, the hymn.
The mills weren't really satanic. They could be interpreted as being destructive of the natural world and human relationships, but that doesn't mean that they were owned by Satanists. Though I can't confirm that.
That's great - not seen it before. I guess that's where the interpretation came from.He could have meant the universities.
Could have been churches.
Might have been the burned out flower mill, close to where he lived.
In his epic "Jerusalem" (not the hymn), he did write something that might suggest that he saw Oxbridge as "dark satanic mills":
"I turn my eyes to the Schools & Universities of Europe
And there behold the Loom of Locke whose Woof rages dire
Washd by the Water-wheels of Newton. black the cloth
In heavy wreathes folds over every Nation; cruel Works
Of many Wheels I view, wheel without wheel, with cogs tyrannic
Moving by compulsion each other: not as those in Eden: which
Wheel within Wheel in freedom revolve in harmony & peace."