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Downham Village & Countryside , full pano.  by Irene  Burdell

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The beautiful village of Downham UK with Pendle Hill in the background. Home to the Pendle witches.
The trials of the Pendle witches in 1612 are among the most famous witch trials in English history, and some of the best recorded of the 17th century. The twelve accused lived in the area around 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 individuals who went to trial—nine women and two men—ten were found guilty and executed by hanging and one was found not guilty.

The trials were unusual for England at that time in two respects: 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 in the number of witches hanged together: ten at Lancaster and one at York. It has been estimated that all of the English witch trials between the early 15th and early 18th centuries resulted in fewer than 500 executions, so this series of trials during the summer of 1612 accounts for more than 2 percent of that total.

Six of the Pendle witches came from one of two families, each headed by a female in her eighties at the time of the trials: Elizabeth Southerns (aka Demdike), her daughter Elizabeth Device, and her grandchildren James and Alizon Device; Anne Whittle (aka Chattox), and her daughter Anne Redferne. The others accused were Jane Bulcock and her son John Bulcock, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt, Alice Gray, 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.

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  • Philip Johnson
    Philip Johnsonalmost 4 years ago

    Wow that certainly filled the image feed , stunner of a pano Irene

  • Many thanks Philip and for the fave.

    – Irene Burdell

  • John Bullen
    John Bullenalmost 4 years ago

    great work!

  • Thank you for commenting Johnny.

    – Irene Burdell

  • Warren. A. Williams
    Warren. A. Wil...almost 4 years ago

    Gee what a stunning image. WD

  • Many thanks for commenting Warren.

    – Irene Burdell

  • Radek Hofman
    Radek Hofmanalmost 4 years ago

    Superb pano.

  • Many thanks for your comment Radek.

    – Irene Burdell

  • Abhishek  Pandey
    Abhishek Pandeyalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you for commenting Abhishek .

    – Irene Burdell

  • Nikonuser
    Nikonuseralmost 4 years ago

    Wow Irene this is beautifully captured and put together.

  • Thank you Lena , I am glad you like it x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonalmost 4 years ago

    Amazing pano, Irene!! Fabulous work, m’dear!

  • Thank you so much Wendi x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Shelly Harris
    Shelly Harrisalmost 4 years ago

    This is just Amazing, Beautiful…..

  • Many thanks Shelly. x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Dalealmost 4 years ago

    So well done!

  • Thank you for commenting Rosalie x

    – Irene Burdell

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenalmost 4 years ago

    That’s downright super duper AMAZING Irene!!!!

  • Does that mean you like it Carol lol ?
    Many thanks for your lovely comment. x

    – Irene Burdell

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