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The Lancashire Witches

In 1612 ten people were executed on the moors about Lancaster, having been found guilty of witchcraft at Lancaster Castle. The evidence given against the so called ‘Pendle Witches’ was based on memories, hearsay and superstition and would not be considered in a modern court. But life was very different 400 years ago; religious persecution was rife and people lived in wretched fear and poverty.

Over 400 years later you have the chance to follow the journey taken by the accused witches, to learn about their lives and the trial that made British history. From the untamed moorlands of Pendle Hill to the mighty court of Lancaster, take a journey of discovery through Lancashire’s dramatic and historic past.

    • Lancashire Witches; The Film

      Lancashire Witches; The Film

      Check out the highlights of the Lancashire Witches Driving Trail on this new Visit Britain film. Accompany the presenter on a two day tour from Pendle Hill to Lancaster Castle to uncover the intriguing story of the 1612 Lancashire Witch Trails.

    • The poem of The Lancashire Witches

      The poem of The Lancashire Witches

      A new poem by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy will be carved into the landscape of a new 51-mile walk created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Lancashire Witches.

    • Books on the Lancashire Witches

      Books on the Lancashire Witches

      Discover the bewitching story of the Lancashire Witches with three new books, published to coincide with the 400th anniversary.

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