Warley History Group Gets Spooky!

Witchcraft in Warley?  There certainly was and John Billingsley, well known local historian and folklorist, came to the village to tell us more.  For the first in a new series of talks organised by the Warley local history group, the intriguing subject of witchery was ideal.  Held at the Maypole Inn on 26th January it attracted considerable interest with over 35 attendees including local residents and those from farther afield

John bewitched the audience with dark tales of community suspicion, magic, curses and of course gruesome punishment!  He admirably restricted himself to the witchery facts (or did he?), but even so, some of the events he recounted from Pendle in Lancashire to Heptonstall and Warley were very spooky indeed

A good evening was had by all and our thanks to John for such a good talk.  The next talk will be on Monday 23rd February at 7.30pm, once again at the Maypole Inn (£2 on the door). Sheila Graham will give a talk about how the local landscape – which we know and love and consider timeless – suddenly and shockingly changed overnight and not that far back in time either. To learn more you will just have to be there…

John Billingsley (centre) with Andrew Berry and David McCallam from the Warley Local History Group


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Warley Community Association serves the village of Warley, a traditional village in the Calder Valley, near Halifax in West Yorkshire.
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