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Manchester Meeting

Tuesday 7 October, 2014, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

The Pendle Witches

A talk by Dr Robert Poole

The 1612 trial of the Lancashire (or Pendle) witches was England’s biggest peacetime witch trial. The Victorian revival of interest began in the late 1840s, with the publication by the Chetham Society of Thomas Potts’ 1612 account of the trial inspiring Harrison Ainsworth’s bestselling novel The Lancashire Witches. This illustrated lecture will discuss both the trial and attitudes to witchcraft in Gaskell’s day

Robert Poole was consultant historian to the 400th anniversary commemoration of the trial in 2012 and has published a modern edition of Potts’s Wonderful Discovery of Witches.

Members: £3, visitors £4 – visitors always welcome!

The chapel opens its doors at 12.00, so if you’d like to bring a sandwich and join us for lunch, you’re very welcome to do so.


Tuesday 7 October, 2014
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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