The Pendle or Lancashire Witches were the most famous witches in English legal history. In the year 1612, at Lancaster jail, ten men and women were hanged for the crime of witchcraft. The Pendle Witches, were believed to have been responsible for the murder by witchcraft of seventeen people in and around the Forest of Pendle. There were in total thirteen Pendle Witches: Alizon Device, Elizabeth Device, James Device, Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, Anne Redferne, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt, John Bulcock, Jane Bulcock & Isobel Robey were the ten hanged at Lancaster jail. Elizabeth Southerns, alias Demdike, died in Lancaster jail awaiting trial, but was nevertheless considered to be a witch on the basis of evidence already given. Jennet Preston, who lived just over the Lancashire border, was tried in Yorkshire and hanged at York in 1612. Finally, Magaret Pearson was found guilty of witchcraft at Lancaster, but not murder, and received a sentence of one years imprisonment.




  1. Thanks for stopping by my space.  Thanks for the history lesson……..I find it very interesting reading about this stuff especially during the Halloween holiday, which is not celebrated at all where I am from.  Take care and have a great week.

  2. I just love that witchy face.
    I wish you a very good week and thanks for your supportive mail.

  3. Will do Laird, about Enoch Powell I mean, I had his prophetic speech om my blog that msn closed down!
    Lpve Lillith x

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