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Elizabeth Bradwell: Accused of Witchcraft and Executed in Great Yarmouth, 1645.

The retelling of history does not lend itself so willingly to the lives of women like Norfolk-born Elizabeth Bradwell. With scarce records surviving that allow us to trace her life, much of our understanding of Bradwell comes from the events … Continue reading

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The Witches of Lynn

It’s strange how one thing leads to another. When I was researching the French POWs in King’s Lynn, I came across Devil’s Alley, where the warehouse that was used for temporary accommodation was situated. This led on to the legend … Continue reading

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Halloween Event!

A week today on Thursday 30th October the Norfolk Record Office will be displaying a spooky array of material relating to Norfolk’s ghostly encounters, hideous deaths, witchcraft and the unexplained. There will also be readings of ghost stories taken from … Continue reading

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Norfolk Witchcraft Trials

Trials for witchcraft were fairly common in Tudor and Stuart times: several can be found in the Yarmouth quarter sessions records, for example (Y/S 1/2).  By far the biggest trial was that of 1645.  Yarmouth Assembly actually invited Matthew Hopkins … Continue reading

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