A TRADITIONAL stone-built farmhouse thought to have been home to two of the Pendle witches has gone on the market.
The four-bedroom cottage at West Close Farm, near Higham, was once home to Anne Redferne and Anne Whittle.
They were two of the 10 women and two men, all living in the area surrounding Pendle Hill, who stood trial in the well-documented 1612 Pendle witch trials.
They were charged with the murders of ten people by the use of witchcraft. Ten were found guilty and hanged.
The current owner of the house, Wendy Handley, said: “I’ve lived here 13 years and the previous owner was born here.
"He showed me the history of the property in a book on the Pendle witch trials.
"The stone staircase leading from the kitchen was previously hidden and leads upstairs for a quick getaway!
"It’s such a lovely property, I love it here and I’m sad to be leaving.”
The four-bedroom cottage, complete with secret staircase, outdoor Jacuzzi, and garden stream, is being sold by estate agents Purplebricks for £700,000.
Jason Weston, Purplebricks' local property expert, said: "One of the real perks of my job is getting the rare opportunity to visit properties such as the beautiful West Close Farm.
"Being from Lancashire myself, we are brought up on the stories of the Pendle Witches and their link to one of our most iconic landmarks Pendle Hill.
"When I met with Wendy, the current owner, and she told me about the back story to this property I was fascinated to learn more.
"I am honoured to have the opportunity to sell this wonderful property."
For more information or to book a viewing visit www.purplebricks.com/brochure/241017.