Known as probably the most haunted location in the uk.
The Pendle Witch Trials, part of the more extensive Lancashire Witch Trials, are among the most famous witch trials in English history, as well as some of the best recorded of the 17th Century.
Pendle hill is a very creepy place especially at night! Every halloween night people from all over the country and even abroad visit Pendle to try and catch something paranormal.
Its known to be extremely haunted with some people claiming to be attacked by other entities.
Join us this halloween as we investigate the ghosts of Pendle Hill and maybe find out more about the witches that lurk in its shadows.
Bump in the Night Ghost Tours will take you on a journey to where some of these witches are buried before we take you to the famous Pendle Hill itself. You will have a chance to sense the atmosphere that over 400 years before, witches like Old Demdike and Alice Nutter experienced.
you will then be taken back to the famously haunted swan and royal pub located on the witch trail where you will investiigate some of the very rooms that are home to some very active spirits!
Anne's ghost has been seen on many occasions always on the top floor, duvets are pulled off the beds, windows slam shut, toilets flush by themselves, curtains close and according to the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, an American gentleman having his breakfast in this room suddenly became aware of the sound of running water. He looked at the bedroom sink and the taps were both running... he watched in amazement as the soap left the soap dish, rotated and was then placed back in the dish. He then saw both taps turn of by themselves.Bedroom number five was the most upsetting room as guests couldn't sleep as they were constantly being woken by the sound of a baby crying. This went on year after year, with many complaints from guests. The problem was solved in 1957, when renovation took place in the Hotel's attic, and workmen came across a huge amount of Victorian newspapers, and a package wrapped up in newspaper. A thick crust of dust from many years covered the package, sheet after sheet of newspaper was removed and to the horror of the workmen the last sheet of paper revealed a baby skeleton. The newspaper was dated March 1879.Many famous people have spent a night in the Hotel. It is said Ghandi spent a night there on his tour of the Lancashire cotton mills. For me personally the most famous man ever to enter this building was Sir Winston Churchill. He came to visit the world's first jet engine built and designed in Clitheroe by Sir Frank Whittle.
This event is not for the faint hearted.
Pendle Hill FRIDAY 13TH SEPT
The story of the Pendle Witches began with the altercation between one of the accused ‘witches’, Alizon Device, and John Law, a pedlar. While travelling, Alizon passed John Law on the road and asked for some pins though Law refused her request. It is said that Alizon cursed John Law and a short while after he suffered a stroke, for which he blamed Alizon and her mystical powers. When the incident was brought to trial, Alizon Device confessed that she had instructed the Devil to blame John Law. After further questioning, Alizon divulged that her grandmother, Old Demdike, and members of the rival Chattox family regularly practiced witchcraft. The two families had been feuding for years and for the Chattox family, Alizon’s accusations were just an act of revenge.
The trials of the Pendle Witches were held at Lancaster Castle on 17th and 19th August 1612. The dark, damp and dirty dungeon where the ‘witches’ were held were too much for Old Demdike to bear and she died before she could be brought to trial. One of the most surprising things about the Pendle Witch trials was the principal supplier of evidence. Jennet Device was only nine years old and usually wouldn’t have been allowed to testify in a trial because of her age. Under King James I’s system, all standard rules were suspended when giving evidence in a witch trial. Jennet gave evidence against her mother, sister and brother. It was reported that when the young girl spoke against her mother, Elizabeth, the accused witch had to be dragged from court screaming and cursing her daughter.
Alizon Device, Elizabeth Device, James Device, Anne Whittle, Anne Redferne, Alice Nutter, Katherine Hewitt, John Bulcock and Jane Bulcock were all found guilty at Lancaster. They were hanged at Gallows Hill on 20th August 1612. Elizabeth Southern lost her life while awaiting trial, and Alice Grey was found not guilty.
WARNING: The areas around Pendle Hill have been well documented for paranormal activity and is amongst the most scariest locations in the UK. This event is not for the faint hearted so please be aware of this when booking.