Pendle Hill


It is with deep regret that due to ill-health I cannot continue with any further tours.

This website is now under re-construction.

Frank Watson – 27th March 2013


Pendle Hill dominates the local area, providing spectacular views that stretch all the way to the coast on a clear day. Pendle Hill has a long and dramatic history, which dates all the way back to the Bronze Age. However, it is the sensational events that took place during the 17th century for which it is best known; the infamous Pendle Witches. In the year 1612, somewhere in The Forest of Pendle, there stood Malkin Tower where a family of local peasants dwelt. But not just an ordinary family, these so called peasants had powers far beyond our reach. They were in league with the devil, they made clay effigies and used human hair and teeth to make these effigies.

Pendle HillVarious local persons died of mysterious illnesses, some in great pain. Milk was turned blue, cattle died without a mark on their bodies and the locals feared venturing on to the hill. One man, determined to make a name for himself, was the local magistrate by the name of Roger Nowell. In great fear for his life he plucked up the courage to arrest two of the inhabitants of Malkin Tower.

They were sent to Lancaster to be tried, two days later all the other witches met at the tower but within weeks all were taken to Lancaster for trial and certain death by hanging.

When you say the words Pendle Hill to anybody who has ever heard of it, people automatically think of the Pendle Witches. This was bought to life in the most sinister way by the Most Haunted Team when they visited the area 4 years ago on their ghost hunting live show.

Pendle Hill is also an inspirational spot, where in 1652 George Fox had a vision and subsequently founded the Quaker movement, which exists to this day.


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