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Chattox & Redferne 400

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Chattox & Redferne 400 collection uses sgraffito to commemorate the 400 year anniversary since the trials of the Pendle witches. The trials took place during July and August of 1612, and due to 10 of the 12 accused being tried at Lancaster Assizes, they are often referred to as the Lancaster witch trials. Of the 10 all except 1 were found guilty and hanged at Gallows Hill in Lancaster on 20th August 1612.

 

Amidst the guilty were Anne Whittle (aka Chattox) and her daughter Anne Redferne. Members of the Chattox and Demdike families comprised half of all the defendants, and were instrumental in their own downfall; with trial proceedings and evidence stemming partly out of allegations that the families had made against each another. Demdike’s assertion that she had seen Redferne make figures out of clay was used in court as evidence of her guilt.

 

Curious? Find out more: www.pendlewitches.co.uk