The Enigma Experiment Pendle
Saturday 15th and 16th September
District: Lancaster and
Friday Time: 7:30pm until
Saturday Time 6pm until
Be prepared for the ultimate Pendle weekend with the Enigma Experiment!
Your weekend will start at Lancaster Castle which was the focus of the
Pendle witch trials. This is our
second visit to the castle and due to the amount of activity we have decided to book it again and make it into a
weekend of the supernatural. On
your second night we will be taking you to a secret location which has never been investigated before in Pendle
which was also mentioned in the Pendle witch trials.
To get you in the right frame of mind John Blackburn will be conducting a
development workshop in order to development your senses for this dark intimidating location where you will be
given the opportunity to use you psychic sense to unravel the mysteries of this secret location. The development
workshop will be carried out at the Swan and Royal Hotel in Clitheroe. To complete your ultimate Pendle Hill Weekend we
finish off this amazing experience at Pendle Hill!
We have organised an evening meal on the Saturday night which is optional
and at you own cost. Accommodation is also available should you chose to sleep over in this very haunted location,
again at you own cost. If you want to book accommodation please click on this link to the Swan and Royal Hotel
website thank you. http://www.swanandroyal.co.uk/wp/
The History of Lancaster Castle
Lancaster Castle dates back to the 11th century and has had a long history of persecution. Most famous for The Old Assize Court which was once
the only Assize for the country. Many people passed through the doors of Lancaster Castle that were accused of various crimes,
many punishable by death until the end of the 1820’s.
Probably the most famous of all trials was in the autumn of 1612 when twenty persons, of whom
sixteen were women, accused for witchcraft. King James I had a strong belief in the existence of witchcraft, therefore an act was passed
imposing the death penalty “for making a covenant with an evil spirit, using a corpse for magic, hurting life or
limb, procuring love, or injuring cattle by means of charms.”
At the end of the three day Assize a total 10 people were found guilty of witchcraft
and were hanged on a moor above Lancaster Town. They were: Anne Whittle, Ann Redfearn, Elizabeth Device, Alice
Nutter, Alison Device, James Device, Katherine Hewitt, Jane Bulcock, John Bulcock and Isobel
Robey. Five of the accused were
tried at Lancaster Castle.
Executions from Lancaster Castle took place at Gallows Hill until after the 1800 when executions
took place at “Hanging Corner,” next to the tower and the wall on the east side of the terrace
steps. Relics of many executions
can still be seen to this day on the lower ground floor of the tower, in part of the tower appropriately called the
There were 200 executions at Lancaster Castle, only 43 were for
murder. 131 of the 200 executions were carried out by one hangman – Old Ned Barlow.
The last Assizes were held at Lancaster in 1972 and Lancaster
Castle was confirmed to be closed as a prison in March 2011.