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Thursday, 19 January 2006

The Witches of Warboys

On April 6th 1593 Alice and John Samuels, and their young daughter, Agnes, were executed in Huntingdon.  A poor family, living in Warboys, they had become involved with the well-connected Throckmortons from the Manor house -an involvement that ultimately led to their trial for witchcraft.

Over a period of four years, the five girls in the family suffered from fits.  No cause or explanation could be found - until, one by one, the girls accused old Mrs Samuels of bewitching them.  From such a beginning the story grew and 'evidence' produced - just three from the hundreds of accusations and punishments for witchcraft in 16th and 17th England.

This Witch emblem provides the school, and the children of today, with a real, though tragic, link to the history of their village.

The full story - as much as it is possible to trace after 400 years - can be read in The Witches of Warboys by Moira Tatem.

Last Updated ( Monday, 11 December 2006 )

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