A new documentary on Pendle Hill and the Pendle Witches was brought to a dramatic stop this week when three of the production crew were struck down with a violent illness. The incident happened during the filming of a séance.
Roy Basnett, the renowned broadcaster and ghost-hunter, and investigators from Pathfinder PI had been attempting to contact the spirits of the witches in a barn on the hill.
The scene was due to feature in Pendle’s Paranormal Road Map, a new documentary presented by Simon Entwistle.
Pendle’s Paranormal Road Map is being produced by GCH Entertainment who described the film footage as stunning and features members of the 17th Century Life & Times re-enactment group.
It is believed that the local Wellsprings restaurant or staff features in the documentary which is scheduled for an October DVD release. GCH Entertainment are in negotiations over television rights.
The Pendle witch trails are one of the most famous witch trails in British history. In 1612 twelve locals where accused with the murder of ten people through the use of witchcraft.
Only one of the twelve was found not guilty. One died in prison.
Half of the Pendle witches came from the Demdike and Chattox families. It is possible that the initial accusations stemmed from each family trying to out do the other on wealth generated from promising healing, begging or even threats.
In Pure Spirit
Have you ever been to Pendle Hill? What was it like?
Do you feel the Pendle Witch case is as significant as many people say it is?
What about the Pendle’s Paranormal Road Map documentary. Was the séance effected by the spirits of the witches? Or could this be a successful publicity stunt?