In commemoration of the 400 years since the 1612 Lancashire Witch Trails took place, a new long distance path (51 miles) was created in 2012 called the ‘Witches Walk’.
Along the route which stretches from Barrowford Heritage Centre to Lancaster Castle across the moors and fells of the Forest of Bowland are ten white painted, cast iron stones or tercets.
These tercets are dedicated to the ten of the women and men who were accused, tried and executed for purportedly being witches. Poetry on the tercets was written by Poet Laureate; Carol Anne Duffy.
Two of these tercets can be found in Lancaster.
The second tercet is found right outside Lancaster Castle’s front gates; the site was chosen as the place where the Lancashire (or Pendle as they are often known) Witches were brought for trial at the Summer Assizes. Tercet 10 is dedicated to James Device who was held and tried alongside his mother Elizabeth Device and older sister Alison. James’ grandmother, Elizabeth Southerns (who was known by her nickname of ‘Demdike’) was also accused but died in the Well Tower’s dungeon before the trials could begin. James younger sister, Jennet, was the principle witness against the accused.
Famous Witches and Wizards
Chocolate Frog Cards, also known as Famous Witches and Wizards Cards, are trading cards that display pictures of famous wizards and witches and give small amounts of information about them. The Cards are obtained by buying Chocolate Frogs. Every Chocolate Frog container has a random card inside. Students trade these cards and it’s known as a sort of game, they play with 101 cards to collect in total. There was different bands that the cards were in which included: bronze, silver, gold and bonus cards which were the hardest to get. These can be purchased from the Hogwarts Express refreshment trolly, they are very popular sweets with the students.