The Timble Witches – James Elkington

Reblogged from Walking with a Smacked Pentax:

Timble is a tiny little village (or hamlet) about 6 miles from where I live – and it is famous for it’s witches (& the Timble Inn – an old friend but sadly now a B&B and restaurant). Not too many people know the story of the ‘Timble Witches’, so for those who are interested – here it is.

The story of the Timble Witches begins in the years leading up to 1621, which marked the publication of a most amazing book entitled ‘Daemonologia – A Discourse on Witchcraft, as it was acted out in Family of Mr. Edward Fairfax, at Fuystone, in the County of York in the year 1621’.

The Fairfaxes were a very distinguished and powerful family. Edwards two elder brothers, Thomas and Charles, were both soldiers who fought at Flanders and in the Continental wars. Edward Fairfax also had two sisters, Ursula and Christiana, married respectively to Sir Henry Bellasis and John Aske of Aughton.

It is generally believed that Edward came to live at Newhall in Washburndale, (a house long submerged beneath Swinsty Reservoir) some time around 1600.  It seems that he was newly married, having taken as his wife a Miss Laycock of Copmanthorpe near York, and according to the parish records his daughter Elizabeth was baptised at Fewston in 1606.

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About Sue Vincent

Sue Vincent is a Yorkshire-born writer and one of the Directors of The Silent Eye, a modern Mystery School. She writes alone and with Stuart France, exploring ancient myths, the mysterious landscape of Albion and the inner journey of the soul. Find out more at France and Vincent. She is owned by a small dog who also blogs. Follow her at and on Twitter @SCVincent. Find her books on Goodreads and follow her on Amazon worldwide to find out about new releases and offers. Email:
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