August marks the 400th anniversary of the notorious Lancaster Assizes of 1612, when twenty people, twelve of whom lived in and aroundPendleForest, were tried for witchcraft. The best known of these were: Elizabeth Southerns, alias Demdike with her daughter Elizabeth and grandchildren, James and Alison; Anne Whittle, alias Chattox, with her daughter Anne Redferne; and Alice Nutter.
To commemorate this grisly anniversary, expert author Jonathan Lumby will tell the story of these unfortunate people and explain how and why they were so cruelly hunted down.
Jonathan’s talk is at Livesey Library on Tuesday, 7 August at 2pm.
Admission is £1 and tickets are available from Livesey library, or call 209442.
Livesey library,Cherry Tree Lane,Blackburn,BB2 5NX Tel: (01254) 209442