Witch tri­als in Ch­ester

364 years ago

Cheshire Life - - Nostalgia -

Ten peo­ple were hanged in 1612 af­ter suspicions of dark go­ings-on in Pen­dle, Lan­cashire. Matthew Hop­kins took on the role of witchfinder-gen­eral in East Anglia. The hys­te­ria reached Ch­ester where, on Oc­to­ber 17 1654, three women were hanged for ‘en­ter­tain­ing evil spir­its and be­witch­ing El­iz­a­beth Fur­ni­vall, who had lan­guished and died’. Two years later, three women were hanged as witches in Ch­ester in a case presided over by Congleton’s own judge John Brad­shaw, whose claim to fame was be­ing first to sign the war­rant for the ex­e­cu­tion of Charles I in 1649.

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