On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-Attractions In Ribble Valley-Whalley Abbey

This 13th-century abbey on the banks of the River Calder is portrayed in Harrison Ainsworth’s 19th century novel The Lancashire Witches. The ruins of Whalley Abbey are visible testament to the religious persecution which influenced events in the true story of the witches.

Opening times very, please call: (01254) 828400 or visit: http://www.whalleyabbey.co.uk

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On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-Attractions In Pendle-Pendle Heritage Centre

Pendle Heritage Centre: Unlock the history of the area at this 17th century heritage centre which includes a display on the Pendle Witches, an historic walled garden and tea room.

Open: Daily all year 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
except Christmas Day
Park Hill, Barrowford,
Nelson, Lancashire BB9 6JQ
Tel: (01282) 677150
Pendle Witches experience tours for groups
Tel: (01282) 458759 / 077221 048859

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On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-The Witch’s Hat

The black broad brimmed pointed hat which we associate with witches is likely to be an exaggeration of the tall, blunt topped hats of the Puritans of the 17t century. Pointed hats were frowned upon by the church, which associated points with the horns of the Devil.

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On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-King James-Sink Or Swim-Part 1

When King James of Scotland succeeded to the throne of England in 1603 he introduced even harsher statutes against those practising witchcraft. His act of 1604 made it a capital offence “to consult, covenant with, entertain, employ, feed, or reward any evil and wicked spirit, or to utter spells.” It meant that keeping a dog or cat could have serious consequences if you were suspected of witchcraft.

But even those not keeping an animal could still be found guilty of having a familiar. The judges might find a bee or a fly in the house which they would consider as the Devil’s agent.

King James was both fascinated and terrified of witchcraft. When King Of Scotland, he was convinced that witches had gone to sea in sieves and raised a storm to wreck his ship as he sailed to Norway for his bride. He personally supervised the harsh interrogation of some of the accused women of North Berwick and this experience led James to write his book Daemonology which was published in Edinburgh in 1597.

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On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-Timeline Of Events-Part 2

April 2, 1612
Nowell orders Demdike, Chattox and her daughter Ann Redfearn to give evidence. Demdike confesses to evil deeds, claiming that the Devil came to her in the shape of a little boy called Tibb. She had met him in a quarry near Newchurch and he had sucked her blood leaving her ‘stark mad’.

April 3, 1612
Nowell sends Demdike, Alizon Device, Chattox and Ann Redfearn to Lancaster Castle to await trail for witchcraft.

Good Friday 1612
Twenty people gather at Malkin Tower, home of Demdike and the Devices. They feast on stolen mutton and make a plot to blow up Lancaster Castle. They also plan to kill Thomas Covell, the Keeper of the Castle, and free the imprisoned women.

Late April 1612
An investigator is sent to Malkin Tower. Human bones are unearthed, stolen from graves in Newchurch, and a clay image is also found.

Nowell sends for James and Jennet Device and their mother Elizabeth for questioning at Ashlar House, Fence. James confesses to causing the lingering death of Anne Towneley by slowly crumbling a clay image of her after she had accused him of stealing peat for his fire.

Nine-year-old Jennet names the people who were at the Good Friday gathering including Alice Nutter, a gentlewoman of Roughlee. Nowell sends the supposed witches to join those already at Lancaster Castle.

Demdike dies in prison, before the trail.

My two cents worth: It should be noted that many so called Witches were tortured into confessions. It is hard to believe these people freely confessed all of these acts without much pain and torture to get them to confess their guilt. They knew they would be sent to their deaths for committing such acts of treason against the Church.

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On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-Timeline Of Events-Part 1

Early 1600s
Two rival peasant families live on the slopes of Pendle Hill. They are led by two old women call Demdike and Chattox. The men of their families are dead, leaving them in poverty to beg and find work where they can. Many local people live in fear of them, believing them to have special powers.

March 18th 1612
Alizon Device, grand-daughter of Demdike, is begging on the road to Colne. A pedlar refuses her some pins and she curses him. Suddenly a black dog appears and she orders it to lame the pedlar who collapses, paralysed on the left side.

March 30th 1612
Alizon Device is hauled before the Justice Roger Nowell and confesses to witchcraft. Forced to give an account of her family’s activities she tells how Demdike had been asked to heal a sick cow which then died. She also told Nowell that Demdike had cursed Richard Baldwin after which his daughter fell sick and died a year later. Describing her family’s feud with the Chattox family she reports how Chattox turned the ale sour at an inn at Higham and bewitched the landlord’s son to death using a clay image.

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On The Trail Of The Pendle Witches-The Year Of 1612

The Pendle Witches lived at a turbulent time in England’s history. It was an era of religious persecution and superstition.

James I was King and he lived in fear of rebellion. He had survived the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 where the Catholic plotters had tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in an attempt to destroy his Protestant rule.

His fear and anger brought a backlash of harsher penalties against anyone keeping the Catholic faith.

His suspicious nature led to an obsession with

Witchcraft

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