Statue plan for Pendle witch Alice Nutter

Lancashire Telegraph: THE GALLOWS Alice was hanged in the shadow of Lancaster Castle THE GALLOWS Alice was hanged in the shadow of Lancaster Castle

A PERMANENT memorial to ‘Pendle Witch’ Alice Nutter is set to be unveiled to mark the 400th anniversary of the famous Witch Trials.

More than £10,000 has been raised for the project and artists from across the country are currently competing to create the life-size statue, to be placed in Blacko Bar Road, in the village of Roughlee.

The scheme was the idea of Pendle councillor James Starkie whose interest in the story dates back to his time as an art student in Lancaster, near the castle where the ‘witches’ were imprisoned and tried.

Coun Starkie said: “Our vision is to create a lasting memorial to a past resident of the village.

"It will depict her sitting down and people will be able to rest on benches by her side.”

Alice Nutter was unusual among the accused of 1612 in being comparatively wealthy, the widow of a tenant farmer.

She entered a plea of not guilty to the charge of murdering Henry Mitton by witchcraft but was later hanged after evidence that she was present at what was deemed a ‘witches’ coven’ at Malkin Tower, Blacko, on Good Friday, 1612.

The statue, entitled Alice and commissioned by Roughlee Parish Council, is due to be unveiled on April 14.

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Other events will take place in the county to mark the 400th anniversary of the trials which still resonate internationally, with tourists from all over the Far East, visiting Pendle.

The Pendle Witches

  • ALICE Nutter was one of the famous Pendle Witches, put on trial in 1612
  • 12 accused living around Pendle Hill were charged with murdering 10 people by witchcraft
  • All but two were tried at Lancaster Assizes, along with the Samlesbury witches and others, in trials that have become known as the Lancashire witch trials
  • Six of the Pendle witches came from one of two families, each headed by a female in her 80s
  • Many of the allegations followed accusations made by members of the Demdike and Chattox families against each other, perhaps as they competed to make a living from healing, begging, and extortion.

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9:57am Wed 16 Nov 11

Lifeinthemix says...

memorial..... what twisted idiot thought this one up?

perhaps a better memorial would be of a statue of the magistrate that wanted her land
memorial..... what twisted idiot thought this one up? perhaps a better memorial would be of a statue of the magistrate that wanted her land Lifeinthemix

10:27am Wed 16 Nov 11

Rose Rouge says...

Will her descendants also be receiving an apology?
Will her descendants also be receiving an apology? Rose Rouge

11:00am Wed 16 Nov 11

notchuffed says...

Lifeinthemix wrote:
memorial..... what twisted idiot thought this one up? perhaps a better memorial would be of a statue of the magistrate that wanted her land
You call yourself "linfeinthemix". It's time you got a life started to really mix and stopped being a bitter twisted moron.

The Alice Nutter, The Chattox and Demdike families are part of our historical culture which adds to the richness of our area.


Never seen anything you like yet perhaps you like your solitariness - "Off to the Lancaster Castle dungeons with you and then the ducking (ot a spelling mistake) stool"
[quote][p][bold]Lifeinthemix[/bold] wrote: memorial..... what twisted idiot thought this one up? perhaps a better memorial would be of a statue of the magistrate that wanted her land[/p][/quote]You call yourself "linfeinthemix". It's time you got a life started to really mix and stopped being a bitter twisted moron. The Alice Nutter, The Chattox and Demdike families are part of our historical culture which adds to the richness of our area. Never seen anything you like yet perhaps you like your solitariness - "Off to the Lancaster Castle dungeons with you and then the ducking (ot a spelling mistake) stool" notchuffed

2:24pm Wed 16 Nov 11

Phuck Mei Banjina says...

Lifeinthemix wrote:
memorial..... what twisted idiot thought this one up? perhaps a better memorial would be of a statue of the magistrate that wanted her land
Well said,It's a sick and shocking idea.
[quote][p][bold]Lifeinthemix[/bold] wrote: memorial..... what twisted idiot thought this one up? perhaps a better memorial would be of a statue of the magistrate that wanted her land[/p][/quote]Well said,It's a sick and shocking idea. Phuck Mei Banjina

3:28pm Wed 16 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

See how the celebrations have become sanitised: £10,000 for a statue, but nobody is allowed up Pendle Hill on Halloween.
See how the celebrations have become sanitised: £10,000 for a statue, but nobody is allowed up Pendle Hill on Halloween. happycyclist

2:29pm Wed 14 Dec 11

LunaKoumori says...

Alice Nutter one of my ancestors i am proud! to say she was part of my family and am extremely happy to know that her statue is being built!
Alice Nutter one of my ancestors i am proud! to say she was part of my family and am extremely happy to know that her statue is being built! LunaKoumori

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