Uncover tales of magic and mystery and explore the darker side of Lancashire's past. Visit the home of notorious witch hunter Thomas Covell and see where the Lancashire witches were imprisoned, tried and condemned to death.
Did witches really exist or were they innocent people wrongly accused? Fear, superstition, ignorance and intolerance fuelled the notion of witchcraft which raged through England in the 16th and 17th centuries. Around 2000 people were tried for witchcraft between 1575 and 1675. Uncover tales of myth and magic. Explore the darker side of Lancashire's history and discover stories of some of the people involved including the famous Pendle witches, 10 of which were hanged at Lancaster after being found guilty of murder.
2012 was the 400th anniversary of the trail of the Pendle witches which took place in 1612 at Lancaster Castle. Lancashire Museum Service held exhibitions, talks, events and much more to commemorate this. You can still visit several of the museums with connections to the story of the Lancashire Witches and find out more.
Home to the Shuttleworth family for many hundreds of years, Gawthorpe Hall is a grand Elizabethan house set close to Pendle Witch country.
A fine Grade 1 listed 17th century town house in the heart of Lancaster. Explore this wonderful town house and find out more about its notorious former residents.
Lancaster Castle is steeped in 1000 years of history throughout which it has been connected to law and justice. Some of its most famous prisoners were the Pendle witches. Clerk of the Court Thomas Potts published an account of the trial in 1613 entitled, "The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster."