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December 18, 2011

Whereto the Temptations of the Devil would inveigle us

Engineers have unearthed a 17th-century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the shadow of Pendle Hill.

Historians are now speculating that the well-preserved cottage could have belonged to one of the Pendle witches. The building contained a sealed room, with the bones of a cat bricked into the wall.

It is believed the cat was buried alive to protect the cottage's inhabitants from evil spirits.

In fairness, the cat was just as likely there to ward off the Pendle witches.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 18, 2011 08:28 AM