A NEW book reveals ancient Pocklington’s association with witches.
Yorkshire Witches, by Eileen Rennison, recounts the stories of more than 40 supposed witches, including Petronella Haxley and Isabella Billington, from Pocklington, and Knaresborough’s famous Mother Shipton.
Eileen says: “Pocklington was considered something of a centre of witchcraft and the last witch burning in England took place in the town in 1630.
“We no longer believe in witches as our ancestors once did however, in the 16th and 17th centuries, any unforeseen or unexplained events were likely to be attributed to witchcraft.
“A firm belief in the Devil and the influence of evil demons led to a widespread fear of magic and those who practised it. The stories in my book show how superstition and prejudice played an important and powerful role in the lives of the populace of Yorkshire, from the the Middle Ages right through to the 19th century.”
Read more about the book and about Isabella Billington’s supposed witchcraft in the Pocklington Post