Gawthorpe Hall hosts exhibition to mark 400th anniversary of Pendle Witch trials

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GAWTHORPE Hall is inviting visitors to a bewitching and fascinating exhibition.

The new exhibition, A Wonderfull Discoverie, is the first in a series of events that run until Sunday, July 8th.

The display marks the 400th anniversary of the Pendle Witch Trials, which were held at Lancaster Castle in 1612.

They are among the most famous witch trials in English history. The 12 accused people lived in the area around Pendle Hill and were charged with the murders of 10 people by witchcraft.

Rachel Pollitt, Lancashire County Council’s museum manager at Gawthorpe Hall, said: “This is an excellent chance for people to ,investigate the collection of rare objects, the places and beliefs behind these notorious trials.

“It’s an ideal subject for this anniversary year. As well as enjoying the artworks, we hope visitors will want to learn more about the historical importance of the Witch Trials and see why they are still talked about today. ”

Gawthorpe Hall has new opening hours for 2012. It is open to the public from Wednesdays to Sundays and bank holidays, from noon to 5 p.m. with last entry at 4-30 p.m.

The tearooms are open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. .

To find out more you can visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/museums.