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The Witches of Pendle Hill Lancashire – The UK Blair Witch?

by Daniel Hegarty

The Blair Witch Project (1999) to some was no more than a few youngsters running around the woods at night while filming each other, screaming and blowing nose bubbles on camera.

But to me (someone who has an overactive imagination) it was much more. Yes it was low budget and yes you didn’t get to see everything that you wanted to but, you have to put yourself in their shoes and think what it would be like to have the events that took place happen to you. Read more here

Heather - The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Heather from The Blair Witch Project (1999) looking a bit worse for wear. Credit DigitalSpy.com

The recent release of Blair Witch (2016) wasn’t much different and I have read other critics name it a carbon copy of the first movie.

They are mere fools. The sequel follows James Donahue the now, all grown up brother of Heather (snot bubble from the first movie) desperate to find the truth of what happened to his beloved sister. Its not a huge story line, but it didn’t need to be, as what this movie offered was a chance to follow James on his journey of discovery and try and piece together the evidence.

Who, or what is the the Blair Witch? When the same occurrences start to appear to James as they did to his sister, it wasn’t because the director was using the same old scares tactics, but it was to tell us that James was on the right tracks.

I don’t want to spoil it too much for you but you get a glimpse of the witch and it is a scary as fuck.

But if you think the one witch mofo is scary how about twelve of them?  The UK is home to some of the richest witching history the world has to offer, so it didn’t take long when I decided to see what creepy shit we had closer to home.  Ladies and Gents I give your the Witches of Pendle Hill.

Sighting of a Witch at Pendle Hill

Sighting of a Witch at Pendle Hill. Credit to Mirror.co.uk

The Witches of Pendle Hill were mostly from of two families the Demdike and Chattox and were believed to be competing against one and other for the profits brought in by healing, begging and extortion. During the 17th century they were trialled for the murder of ten people using witch craft. Ten of the witches were hung and two died in prison before the trial.

Witch Hanging

This was one of the best documented witch trials of the 17th century and the stories have therefore been told through the generations. The witches stories have left such a mark on the Pendle villages that to this day some locals do not like to talk about it.

For years now the Pendle woods at the base of the hills have been a number one destination for Halloween and many will sit on the hill at night hoping to encounter the spirits of the dead.

They held televised seance where the medium claims he did contact one of the very witches and was told that she and the others witches with her did not appreciate the media crews presents.

grave encounters

Credit: Grave Encounters

This started to sound like to story of a movie to me so I decided to dig a little deeper. I found countless statement from people that have experienced ungodly encounters linked to the coven.

Reports of people being visited, struck and even strangled by hands that were not there. Unfortunately I at iHorror was not the first to see a story in the cases and the BBC beat me to the punch. Damn, im sure I could have squeezed some budget out of the editor for a field trip! 

Here’s the Documentary, Enjoy. Oh, and if you are wondering why I didn’t mention  Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (2000), its because I would rather pretend it didn’t happen.

Have you been to the Pendle hills and do you have any stories to share? Comment below.

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