Pendle Witches’ walk marks 400th anniversary of trial

Katie Etheridge, Simon Persighetti and Phil Smith of Wrights & Sites, who will lead the performance walk in the character of three pedlars.
Katie Etheridge, Simon Persighetti and Phil Smith of Wrights & Sites, who will lead the performance walk in the character of three pedlars.
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Three “pedlars” will lead a walk with a difference through Pendle Witch country this August.

A performance walk starting at Newchurch will take place on August 19th as part of the Lancashire Witches 400 project. The 1.5-mile walk will be repeated three times at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and take in key sites in the 1612 story, with some surprises along the way.

Potentially, the walk could be wet under foot, covers some uneven ground and includes stiles. It sets off from outside the Witches Galore shop and each walk is limited to 15 people. Places are free but must be booked in advance by ringing 015242 21233 or e-mailing info@greenclose.org

Car parking is restricted to a few spaces outside the school and at the redundant mill in Spenbrook Road. The walk has been produced by Wrights & Sites, who specialise in site-specific performances involving the public.

The three artist-researchers will be dressed as pedlars during the walk, which is the finalé of the four-day Signs and Wonders event taking place in Pendle and Lancaster. They have chosen to take on the pedlar persona to reflect the story of the pedlar who allegedly was cursed by one of the witches in Pendle.

Wrights & Sites will be in Lancaster from August 16th to 18th where they will perform at various locations in the city and set up a stall in the Market Square. For more information on Lancashire Witches 400, visit www.lancashirewitches400.org