Thursday, 18 February 2016
The Witch Wringers of Small Hopes Hill
There are not many things that leave me unsettled or uncomfortable, especially in my own neighbourhood, but the Witch Wringers on Smallhopes Hill never fail to creep me out a little when I pass by.
These two examples were used until relatively recently - well past the end of the so-called Dark Ages in the 14th century, and even past the introduction of the Witchcraft Act of 1735 - as is evident by the fact that they're still standing and haven't rusted away to dust.
As reminders of a different time go, they're pretty unspeakable. However, I am comforted in the knowledge that although these Witch Wringers have been used, no actual witches have passed through their horrific spindles. Instead, I believe they were used to torture ordinary mortals.