Certaine Wytches Fear, Myth & Magic

Image Credit: Anne Jackson knotted tapestry: 'Certaine Wytches, Chelsford, Essex 1566. (photo Mei Lim)

Devon Guild of Craftsmen, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon, TQ13 9AF

01626 832223

Saturday 23 March 2019 – Monday 06 May 2019
Opening Hours: Open daily


Make a Witch's Broomstick using birch and hazel
Tuesday 9th April, 10.30am-12.30pm & 1.30-4.30pm
Free, family drop-in event

The Certaine Wytches exhibition is part of Anne’s project, “The Witchcraft Series”. The inspiration for this project was a plaque in Rougemont Gardens in Exeter, in memory of ‘The Devon Witches’. The first three named on the plaque were Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles, known as “The Bideford Witches”. They were tried and executed between 1682 and 1685. They were charged with sorcery or witchcraft on the basis of accusations which to modern ears would be dismissed as malicious gossip or hearsay. Lloyd was accused of causing the death of several persons through the black arts to which she confessed. The other two were convicted of causing sickness through witchcraft. A fourth “witch”, Alice Molland, was also tried and sentenced to death at the same time, though it seems no documentary evidence of her actual execution has been found.

The exhibition will juxtapose the narratives played out in these contemporary tapestries with authentic historical artefacts from the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic in Boscastle, Cornwall.


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