LOCATION: PENDLE HILL
DATE: HALLOWEEN 2018
What a better place to spend Halloween than with your paranormal buddies in a ghostly and ghoulish Lancashire beauty spot, where a notorious witches coven was rounded up 400 years ago for the Pendle witch trials.
Pendle Hill History
The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and, the best recorded of the 17th century. The twelve accused lived in the area surrounding Pendle Hill in Lancashire, and were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft. All but two were tried at Lancaster Assizes on 18–19 August 1612, along with the Samlesbury witches and others, in a series of trials that have become known as the Lancashire witch trials. One was tried at York Assizes on 27 July 1612, and another died in prison. Of the eleven who went to trial – nine women and two men – ten were found guilty and executed by hanging; one was found not guilty.
The official publication of the proceedings by the clerk to the court, Thomas Potts, in his The Wonderfull Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster, and the number of witches hanged together – nine at Lancaster and one at York – made the trials unusual for England at that time. It has been estimated that all the English witch trials between the early 15th and early 18th centuries resulted in fewer than 500 executions; this series of trials accounts for more than two percent of that total.
Six of the Pendle witches came from one of two families, each at the time headed by a woman in her eighties: Elizabeth Southerns (a.k.a. Demdike), her daughter Elizabeth Device, and her grandchildren James and Alison Device; Anne Whittle (a.k.a. Chattox), and her daughter Anne Redferne. The others accused were Jane Bulcock and her son John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt, Alice Grey, and Jennet Preston. The outbreaks of witchcraft in and around Pendle may demonstrate the extent to which people could make a living by posing as witches. Many of the allegations resulted from accusations that members of the Demdike and Chattox families made against each other, perhaps because they were in competition, both trying to make a living from healing, begging, and extortion
St Mary's Church, Newchurch
St Mary's Church is in the village of Newchurch in Pendle, Lancashire, England. The church is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II* listed building. It is an active Anglican parish church in the diocese of Blackburn, the archdeaconry of Blackburn and the deanery of Pendle. Its benefice is combined with that of St Thomas', Barrowford.
A chapel of ease was on the site of the present church in 1250. A later chapel was dedicated by the Rt Revd John Bird, Bishop of Chester, on 1 October 1544. It is not known when the tower was built, but it was restored in 1653, and again in 1712. The rest of the building dates from around 1740. In 1815, it was decided to raise to walls of the church to accommodate a gallery. This was built between 1816 and 1817 at a cost of £352 (equivalent to £24,000 in 2016). In 1830 the church bell was purchased. Restorations took place in 1850 and 1902.
Alice Nutter's grave is within the grounds of this Churchyard behind the first bench in the image below.
Alice Nutter was wrongfully convicted of witchcraft with no evidence to prove her guilt. She was found guilty after a two-day trial. She was executed by hanging with eight others on August 20th, 1612 in Pendle, Lancashire, England.
St Mary's Church Investigation
Michelle was picking up on a large gentleman wearing a hat, around the gravestones, the name Michelle gave was the name Thomas.
After my team members arrived I was walking with Chrissie down the path towards the back end of the graveyard; there was just enough daylight left to see the skyline above the darkness of the ground. I was walking with Chrissie I noticed someone stood between two gravestones. I turned to Chrissie and said who's that, expecting her to say it was Charlene, Aimee or whoever. As I glanced down towards my torch in a bid to switch it on to identify the mysterious figure, as I switched my torch on and shone it in the direction of the figure it had gone.
There was no doubt in my mind at the time what I had seen, it was a large black mass in a human figure shape, it was taller than the gravestones either side of where it was stood by a considerable height.
After Charlene had begun the live streaming we were walking back down the graveyard from back to front, I believe Charlene and Shell (Michelle) had gone to a gravestone in front of where I was standing - I couldn't tell you what they were doing as I was out of range. I was stood with two young ladies who actually were not part of any team but had just joined up with us as they were in the vicinity.
As I was talking to them about urban exploring I believe I looked again towards the headstones I had seen the figure (explained above) and saw something I've never heard anyone ever mention before. It was only a brief moment of visibility. I didn't mention it until the following day as it would have sounded crazy if I'd have mentioned it while we were streaming live on Facebook.
I was looking at what looked like a suspended lightning strike in mid-air, it was the shape of a thin long zigzagged branch but looked like a lightning strike. (If anyone knows or has seen anything similar please could you comment below the post)
Unbeknown to myself until the following day Charlene had seen something similar in a wooded area on the walk up towards Pendle Hill later that evening.
It is said that Elizabeth Southerns [alias Demdike] was coming homeward from begging, and stumbled upon this very Quarry were she met the spirit or devil in the shape of a boy, one half of his coat was black, and the other half brown, who bade her stay, saying to her, that if she would give him her soul, she should have anything in return.
It is also reputed that this Quarry was the scene of a tragic construction accident were by some workers were killed when part of the quarry wall fell onto them. I have been told the below face in a column of stone is a memorial to a workforce member that was killed there? I can neither confirm nor deny this and can find no records of any deaths.
Newchurch-in-Pendle Quarry Investigation
Upon walking into the Quarry I was first up as I knew the area from a previous investigation; again I didn't say anything at the time, however, I witnessed which looked like a large blueish light anomaly towards the far back left-hand side slowly moving for a brief second... I actually thought at first, it might have been someone with a torch on a very small diameter setting but as I turned around to see who was behind me, this was definitely not the case.
We snaked around the back section of the quarry wall there is a large area of horizontal slates. One particular slate caught a fellow members' attention; upon further examination, there was a large piece of a lavender plant on top of what we can only presume to be an altar. Underneath the large slate altar was a wax sealed jam jar.
The jar had obviously been carefully prepared and sealed for a purpose. Out of respect, we did not move the jar or even handle it. The contents appeared to contain a black crystal stone, a black tac, sugar, and some other unidentifiable items.
If anyone has any knowledge on these items could you please leave a comment.
Donna commented on our Facebook post:
"It's a love jar it's to seal a lovers commitment, inside you would have found 2 strands of hair."
"If the jar contained salt , a screw and urine which may have evaporated depending on how long the jar had been there it would be a breaking spell to dispell a hex or curse ,modern takes on old magic x"
Below is the video from our Facebook stream at St Mary's Church.
I personally believe the energy you assert, and the enthusiasm of the group you are with can charge spiritual activity. For once, I wasn't darting about with a camera, either trying to take pictures and/or footage; I was able to emerge myself into the atmosphere and the location.
I actually saw more in one night then I have over the last 40 investigations; I doubt I would have had the personal experiences I had while I was looking down a viewfinder on a camera.
Pendle Hill I believe is a magical place for me personally and if you have not yet visited this location in Lancaster - What are you waiting for?