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'Witch's cottage' unearthed near Pendle Hill, Lancashire
BBC ^ | Thursday, December 8, 2011 | Nick Ravenscroft

Posted on 12/12/2011 3:54:14 PM PST by SunkenCiv

Engineers have said they were "stunned" to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, 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 the bones of a cat bricked into the wall.

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

Simon Entwistle, an expert on the Pendle witches, said: "In terms of significance, it's like discovering Tutankhamen's tomb.

"We are just a few months away from the 400th anniversary of the Pendle witch trials, and here we have an incredibly rare find, right in the heart of witching country. This could well be the famous Malkin Tower - which has been a source of speculation and rumour for centuries.

(Excerpt) Read more at bbc.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Science; Travel
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; ireadthenewstoday; lancashire; morewitches; pendlehill; pendlewitches; sheturnedmeintoanewt; thesameasaduck; witches
Nick Ravenscroft visited the derelict house near the mysterious Pendle Hill

Nick Ravenscroft visited the derelict house near the mysterious Pendle Hill

1 posted on 12/12/2011 3:54:27 PM PST by SunkenCiv
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To: Renfield; decimon; nickcarraway; gleeaikin; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1010RD; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Renfield. To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


2 posted on 12/12/2011 3:58:30 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.pendlewitches.co.uk/


3 posted on 12/12/2011 4:04:05 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: SunkenCiv

http://www.visitlancashire.com/inspire-me/heritage-revealed/pendle-witches


4 posted on 12/12/2011 4:06:36 PM PST by A. Morgan (Ayn Rand: "You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality.")
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To: SunkenCiv
Ok, it's a 17th Century cottage containing a dead cat and 19th Century kitchen range, still in its original position. And you can still walk through it now that it's uncovered.

I'd like to know how it got covered up so recently, while leaving it in relatively good condition, with no local knowledge that it was there. It would have had to have been covered no earlier than the 19th Century, and I'd think there would have been some memory of the event passed down.

5 posted on 12/12/2011 4:07:41 PM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: SunkenCiv
Uh, how do you know she is a witch? "Cos she looks like one!... BURN HER!!!"
6 posted on 12/12/2011 4:31:19 PM PST by joethedrummer
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To: SunkenCiv
I thought this was a thread about Pelosi’s vacation home
7 posted on 12/12/2011 4:34:08 PM PST by NativeSon
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To: SunkenCiv

You educate me every day, SunkenCiv! Fascinating story!


8 posted on 12/12/2011 4:39:45 PM PST by momtothree
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To: SunkenCiv

9 posted on 12/12/2011 4:43:55 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: SunkenCiv

10 posted on 12/12/2011 4:46:10 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: SunkenCiv

My Nutter ancestors came from Lancashire, but poor Alice seems to be an unwanted addition to family trees as it is hard to find her connections. The reason may be that records from that area during the time period are sketchy. Many of the people who lived there were recusants, the Nutters among them, so church records (baptisms, marriages, deaths) are hard to come by. Purportedly some of the people who died by spells cast by the witches were also Nutters.
Alice was the most affluent of the group charged. Most likely she was innocent, accused by someone who wanted her property.


11 posted on 12/12/2011 4:50:45 PM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we engrave in marble. J Huett 1658)
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To: SunkenCiv
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12 posted on 12/12/2011 4:58:56 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: KrisKrinkle

You are overthinking this. Chill. Whats 300 years give or take?

Nada.


13 posted on 12/12/2011 5:15:19 PM PST by waterhill (Strawberry jello is wild pig crack, they love it more than life)
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To: PSYCHO-FREEP

no question that she could cast a spell!


14 posted on 12/12/2011 5:17:46 PM PST by Pollster1 (Natural born citizen of the USA, with the birth certificate to prove it)
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To: Pollster1

Modern witch you know.....


15 posted on 12/12/2011 5:19:09 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: waterhill

“Whats 300 years give or take?”

Well, the Witch’s Cottage aside, I’ve met and spoken with people who were born in the 19th Century, starting with the 1860’s (but not lately). However, as far as I am aware, I have not had the acquaintance of anyone born 300 years ago.
:)


16 posted on 12/12/2011 5:34:09 PM PST by KrisKrinkle (Blessed be those who know the depth and breadth of their ignorance. Cursed be those who don't.)
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To: SunkenCiv

***The building contained a sealed room, with the bones of a cat bricked into the wall. ***

This is nothing new. Ancient buildings used to have children walled up alive in them for the same purpose.

A book written well over 100 years ago (THE EVIL EYE) explained much of these ancient superstitions.

Now look for a pig heart stuck with nails in the chimney.


17 posted on 12/12/2011 6:10:24 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: SunkenCiv

I wonder if this guy Entwistle is related to the British guy Neil Entwistle who killed his wife and daughter in Hopkinton, Massachusetts and then fled back to Merry Old England a few years ago. See http://en.wikinews.org/wiki/Neil_Entwistle,_suspect_in_murder_of_wife_and_child,_arrested_in_England


18 posted on 12/12/2011 6:13:31 PM PST by MIchaelTArchangel (Obama means crooked.)
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To: Salamander; Allegra; TheOldLady; Daffynition; DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis



Ping to my favorite coven.


19 posted on 12/12/2011 7:29:17 PM PST by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: shibumi

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvR0uv458QQ


20 posted on 12/12/2011 10:20:15 PM PST by Salamander (Midnight is when the day begins.....)
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To: shibumi

“The building contained a sealed room, with the bones of a cat bricked into the wall.”

When I moved into this 18th century log house, there was a cat skull hidden under the porch.

When we took out the mud & hair “plaster” walls, we found a mummified rat.

As with all Scots/Irish built log houses, there were no north-facing windows or doors.


21 posted on 12/12/2011 10:24:26 PM PST by Salamander (Midnight is when the day begins.....)
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To: SunkenCiv

The witch was probably transplanted from Handel and Gristle land.


22 posted on 12/13/2011 8:29:34 AM PST by Ole Okie
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To: A. Morgan

Thanks!


23 posted on 12/13/2011 2:44:22 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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