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The Lancashire Witches
The True Story of the twelve accused Lancashire witches of Pendle Forest in 1612
This year marks the 400th Anniversary of the famous Pendle Witch Trial. As I live almost in the shadow of Pendle Hill in Lancashire and often have visited the area where some of the 'witches' lived, it is part of the my local folklore. Although there were twenty Lancashire people who went to trial at Lancaster that Autumn, only twelve came from the Forest of Pendle.
They were executed at Lancaster on the 20th of August, 16I2, for having bewitched to death 'by devilish practices and hellish means' no fewer than sixteen inhabitants of the Forest of Pendle.
As the proceedings of the trial were kept by the Clerk of the Court and later published, there can be no doubt about what went on and the fantastic stories that brought about the accused demise.
Here I am hoping that the reader will find sufficient information to investigate the fascinating and tragic events of 1612.
Who were the Witches of Pendle?
Elizabeth Device daughter of Demdike
James Device son of Elizabeth Device
Anne Redferne daughter of Chattox
John Bulcock son of Jane Bulcock
Katherine Hewitt alias Mould-heels
Thomas Potts - Clerk of the Court
The Lancashire witch trials were one of the most important in Britain. Thanks to the trial clerk Thomas Potts, they are also the best known
'The Forest of Pendle is a portion of the greater one of Blackburnshire, and is so called from the celebrated mountain of that
name, over the declivity of which it extends and stretches in a long but interrupted descent of five miles, to the water of Pendle, a
barren and dreary tract.'
'In the early part of the seventeenth century, the inhabitants of this
district must have been, with few exceptions, a wretchedly poor and
uncultivated race, having little communication with the occupants of
the more fertile regions around them, and in whose minds superstition,
even yet unextinguished, must have had absolute and uncontrollable
This ebook can be read online or downloaded for free from the Project Gutenberg. There is no mention of the Pendle Witches until page 22. However if you are interested in historical documents this is a wonderful piece of writing in old English.
Thomas Pott's account
If you want to read Thomas Potts account in more readable English then this excellent new book, by well-respected historian Robert Poole presents an up-to-date version of Thomas Potts's original account of the famous witch hunt of 1612.
Nine-year-old Jennet Device deadly evidence
Unbelievably a nine year old's evidence in the Witch trials led to the execution of many of the accused - including her own family. Because of her evidence being accepted this also led to Jennet's influence going far beyond Lancashire, even to the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, where children's evidence was accepted.
Read Jennets story here:
A Study of the Witch Trial
This is the most comprehensive study of any English witch trial in 1612. Eleven experts from a variety of fields offer new surveys of these events and their meanings for contemporaries, for later generations, and for the present day. Essays look at the politics and ideology of witch-hunting, the conduct of the trial, the social and economic contexts, the religious background, and the local and family details of the episode.
A Pendle Witch Documentary
Pendle Hill looking from Colne - Taken by yours truly
Pendle Witch Links
- The Pendle Witches | Lancashire Witch Trials | English Witchcraft
The true story of England's most famous Witch Trial, the confessions of the alleged Witches & how fear of Witchcraft survived into the 19th Century
- Pendle witches - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
mw.centralNotice.initialize(); Pendle witches From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to: navigation, search � Two of the accused witches, Anne Whittle (Chattox) and her daughter Anne Redferne. Illustration from William Harrison Ainsworth's 1849
- Pendle Witch Experience Tours
Pendle Witch Experience,Lancashire Photo Experience and Burnley Heritage Experience Tours. Group coach tours of area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire.
- The Lancashire Witches Trail - Visit Lancashire
Discover the 400 year old secret
- Witches Galore, gift shop in Pendle witch country
Pendle witch gift shop Witches Galore stocks witch gifts, witch souvenirs and information on the Pendle witches. Buy magic gifts with confidence from Witches Galore.
- Witches of Pendle - Pendle Witches - Collectables and Gifts
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- Pendle witches: Walking with witches four centuries on in Lancashire's landscape of lost souls | Mai
Chris Lawrence has long been fascinated by the 17th century tale of the Pendle witches, Lancashire locals who allegedly danced with the devil. Four centuries on, he finds their sinister story still very much alive.
- Pendle Hill Witch Ghost Hunt
Ghost hunt at Pendle Hill and follow in the footsteps of the infamous Pendle Witches. This event will consist of a guided tour through witchcraft and intrigue. Starting at Clitheroe Castle and moving on to Pendle Hill, this is an event not to be miss
- The Pendle Witches
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- Pendle Witches Way
The Pendle Witches Way is a 77km (48 mile) journey from Sabden in Lancashire through the Ribble Valley and the Forest of Bowland to Lancaster. It was launched to coincide with the 400th anniversary of the infamous Pendle Witch Trials. The route and t
Lancaster Castle Prison
THE LANCASHIRE WITCHES Nan Redferne and Mother Chattox
The Pendle Witches
Mist over Pendle
The British writer, Robert Neill, dramatised the events of 1612 in his novel Mist over Pendle, first published in 1951.