King George V College

14 November 2016

The dark last days of the Pendle Witches were re-lived by a group of students from King George V College last week.

A group of 20 intrepid History A Level students embarked on an exciting trip to Pendle Hill, to retrace the steps of the Pendle witches who were hung for witchcraft following the infamous Pendle witch trials of 1612.

As part of their trip, KGV students visited the mysterious area where the witchcraft was said to have happened and retraced the bleak journey taken by the condemned prisoners across the Lancashire moors to their place of execution in Lancaster.

Paul Finnigan, Course Leader of A Level History at KGV, said: “The students benefited enormously from this visit.

“It really gave a wonderful chance for KGV students to explore first-hand the places connected to the Pendle witch trials, and links to the course work element of the History A level.”

Students also had a first-hand look at St Mary’s Church, where the notorious group was said to have been based, as well as the court room and prison at Lancaster Castle, where local historian Janet Nelson provided a unique insight into the trials.

Paul added, “This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to visit Lancaster Castle, where the alleged witches were held, because it still has a working court room, and was a working prison up until four years ago.”

KGV’s talented History A Level students notched up a string of successes in August, with 64% of students achieving high grades at A level.

A further History A Level trip is planned from KGV to Northern Ireland in March 2017, where students will learn more of the ‘Troubles’ in the Province. A number of high profile guest speakers, local historians and lecturers from the Imperial War Museum are planned at KGV in the coming months.

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