Happy Halloween he he he he he…….
The Wallsend Witches
Wallsend is a small town in the North of England. It is easily overlooked – just another post industrial town that has lost its heavy industry and been taken over by call centres and service industry jobs. But Wallsend has a long history. The Roman’s called it Segedunum when they built their fort at the end of Hadrian’s Wall (end of the wall – Wallsend – get it?). Through the centuries farming gave way to salt panning, glass-making, coal mining and shipbuilding. For the Roman’s, Wallsend was the end of the world, the border between civilisation and barbarianism, and in such a place anything can happen.
Halloween seems an appropriate time to share one such dark tale – a tale of witchcraft and necromancy. The following extract is taken from the ‘Monthly Chronicle’ for April 1888 and it describes, in wonderfully florid Victorian prose, the supposed encounter…
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