Written by dulcie gabbani

Wednesday, 22 August 2012

It's the 400th anniversary of the famous Pendle witch trials of 1612 when 27 women and one man were hanged for allegedly practising the black arts. The one man caught up in the whole sorry business was Isaac Ganymede, who came originally from Delph and only moved to north of Ramsbottom during the Saddleworth riots of early 1600s.

He can count himself rather unfortunate, because by accident he became friendly with one of the leading members of the coven, Bathsheba Hagrid.

But his undoing followed questioning by the local Witchfinder General, Pastor Moribund Smudge.

When asked at the trial where he spent most of his time, Isaac answered "Upper Ramsbottom".

This was received in the Court of Summary Justice with horror and howls of derision and much fainting from the public gallery, many of whom had probably never been there.

He was hanged with 6 witches the following Saturday 27th July, only 4 days before the feast of St Winifred-a-Twell.

All witches in those days were hanged in sevens, seven being thought a lucky number - unless you were a witch.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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