Past Events

The Lancashire Witches: 1612-2012

Posted on: March 25th, 2012 by admin

When: 12 April 2012 at 7.30pm
Where: St Annes Library
Who: All
Cost: £2.50

Fom Malleus Fatuarum. Two of the accused witches, Anne Whittle and her daughter Anne Redferne

This year marks the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials. The Friends of St Annes Library present this talk on the notorious 1612 Witch Trials, by Colin Penny from Lancashire Museums at Lancaster Castle. The trials of the Pendle witches are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The 12 accused lived in the area around Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and were charged with the murders of 10 people by the use of witchcraft. For more on the trial please see the Wikipedia entry here.

Colin Penny is a very popular speaker, so be sure to get your tickets early. Last year he gave a  fascinating talk on the graffiti created by prisoners in Lancaster Castle some 300 years ago.

The talk is part of the ‘Lancashire’s Criminal Past’ project. For a fascinating insight into crime and Lancashire’s history, please see the ‘Lancashire’s Criminal Past’ blog.

Tickets are on sale in St Annes Library for £2.50 each, including refeshments. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Friends of St Annes Library.