Four centuries on, witches are still casting their spell

LW400 logo - Lancashire Witches 400
LW400 logo - Lancashire Witches 400

EXHIBITIONS, guided walks, theatre performances and arts trails form part of plans to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witch Trials at Lancaster Castle this year.

Lancastrians are well familiar with the story of the Pendle Witches, and the tale has made its way around the globe over the past four centuries, evoking imaginations and prompting many to speculate on and record their version of events.

It is enshrined in the county’s folklore, but the fact still remains that on August 18-19 1612, 10 men and women were tried for murder by the use of witchcraft at Lancaster Assizes and were executed by hanging the next day on the moors near Lancaster.

Four hundred years on, the events have left their mark on the landscape, and on the consciousness of those that live close to the locations of note.

Pendle Hill in East Lancashire is popular on Halloween, Witches Galore in Newchurch-in-Pendle is busy with tourists, and there is a “brown-signed” Witches Trail leading from Pendle to Lancaster.

See the Lancaster Guardian (09-02-12) for full story.