Double, double, toil and trouble isn’t just Shakespearean hocus pocus. There was a time when witches came together across Britain, chanting and cackling over simmering pots of broth.
One of these illicit meetings happened in 1612 on a dark hillside in Lancashire. An assembly of witches gathered around a boiling cauldron to plot how they might free one of their coven from the clutches of the law.
But this fateful gathering was to be their last. Shortly after, 12 of the group—dubbed the “Pendle witches” after the hill on which they met—were executed for murder and the use of witchcraft.
Four hundred years on from the witches’ trial, Lancashire baker Christine Turner wanted to know what was in the cauldron.
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