Anne Whittle, or 'Chattox' as she was known was left a peasant when the men of her family died.
In Alison Devices confession she describes how 'Chattox' once turned the ale sour at an inn in Higham .
Dressed in dramatic black there is plenty of detail in her outfit like the satin blouse decorated with velvet braids and a feathery touch!
Her double skirt is ornate with two layers of lace and two layers of gauze with a matching trimming of feathers.
Her crinkly taffeta trousers are certainly a statement!
Her hat matches the rest of the outfit being made of crinkly taffeta and decorated with bows.
As a final touch, a satin shawl and a double strand of beads necklace!
The story of the Pendle Witches is one that has been told now for nearly 400 years!
The Witches of Pendle lived during the reigns of Elizabeth I and James I between 1558 and 1625. It was an era of religious persecution and superstition.
The only true account of what really occurred is a book titled “The Wonderful Discoverie of Witches in the Countie of Lancaster” written by Thomas Potts who was Clerk to the Judges of Lancaster Assize of 1612.
It was on their instruction that the book was written in November 1612 some three months after their execution.
Before examining the evidence against the witches it is necessary to learn something of the local conditions that existed in the early 17th century.
Superstition was widespread among all classes of society.
Wells, ponds and even groups of stones were thought to be the haunts of fairies, elves and goblins.
Evil spirits were thought to roam the countryside seeking opportunities to cause injuries to every sort of being. Often charms such as horse shoes, a holed stone or a circle of Rowan twigs fastened to doors could be effective to ward off the evil one.
It is not surprising that people accepted without question the wildest tales of the powers of evil spirits and activities of those people who were reputed to have personal connections with witchcraft. So a sudden death, a long illness, a loss of crops or cattle would be attributed to them.