Anniversary of the Pendle Trials for Witchcraft
2012 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials in Lancashire England. Of 18 people tried for witchcraft, 10 were sentenced to death on 20 August 1612. Their stated crime was to have bewitched to death ‘by devilish practices and hellish means’ 16 inhabitants of the Forest of Pendle.
Today marks the anniversary of Alison Device’s testimony to Roger Nowell, justice of the peace for Lancashire. Her confession and accusation of her neighbours contributed to making the trials one of the most (in)famous witch trials in Britain.
This year the trial is being commemorated around the web. Some of the best resources include:
- Information on the trials: www.pendlewitches.co.uk and www.witchcraftandwitches.com
- Charity Walk: www.pendlewitchwalk.co.uk
- Full programme of the Witches Festival in Pendle: www.visitpendle.com
Mar 30, 2012 | Category: Paranormal Activity | Comments: none | Tags: england, the paranormal, witch trials, witchcraft, witches