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BBC News – ‘Witch’s cottage’ unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire

Pendle Dusk

Engineers have said they were “stunned” to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a mummified cat, during a construction project in Lancashire.

The cottage was discovered near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the village of Barley, in the shadow of Pendle Hill.

Archaeologists brought in by United Utilities to survey the area found the building under a grass mound.

Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the Pendle witches.The building contained a sealed room, with a mummified cat bricked into the wall.

It is believed the cat was buried alive to protect the cottage’s inhabitants from evil spirits.

Lancaster witch trials

Held at Lancaster Castle in August 1612

Eleven Pendle people charged with murder by witchcraft

Additional alleged Pendle witch tried at York Castle

Ten found guilty and hanged, one died while awaiting trial, one found not guilty

Trials made famous by publication of The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster by clerk of the court Thomas Potts

via BBC News – ‘Witch’s cottage’ unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire.

Strange Random Witch Quote:

“Most books on witchcraft will tell you that witches work naked. This is because most books on witchcraft were written by men.” ― Neil Gaiman

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