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£597raised of £850 target by 25 supporters

Weʼre raising £850 to have a permanent memorial to the victims of the Essex Witch Trials

Location
Colchester, United Kingdom
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In memory

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In Essex, in the 16th and 17th centuries hundreds of (mainly) women were arrested and held on charges of witchcraft - more than in any other county in the U.K.

The evidence against them was based on hysteria, ignorance and superstition. The majority of those accused were held in Colchester Castle gaol before their trial and many died there because of the appalling conditions.

Other towns have already erected memorials to their witch trial victims - notably, Edinburgh, Exeter and Pendle. Although Colchester Castle has the dubious distinction of having held more alleged witches than any other place in the UK, there is no permanent memorial.

That's about to change!

Colchester Borough Council have agreed that it is high time that there was a suitable memorial stone and this will be placed in a prominent position in the Castle Park opposite the castle itself.

This matters because we are living in a time when it is again all too easy to make accusations and whip up hysteria against individuals - virtually anonymously through social media - sometimes with devastating results.

The Council have agreed. The Castle Park Manager has agreed a great location for the memorial and the project has now been costed at £1500 including installation. £650 of the total has already been promised, leaving just £850 to be raised.

After 400 years, we can finally recognise the great injustice that was done. Any donation that you can make will be very much appreciated.

It's hoped to unveil the memorial stone in April or May of this year.

Thank you very much for reading this.

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  • john worland11 days ago
    john worland

    john worland

    11 days ago

    Fantastic! We are now at 50% of the Just Giving total. Where I have been able to identify the donor, I have sent a personal thank you. Just Giving does not provide contact details of donors, so there are quite a few of you that I cannot reach. Please be assured that I really appreciate all the donations - large or small.

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  • john worland19 days ago
    john worland

    john worland

    19 days ago

    I'm staggered by people's generosity on this! Since the last update, the fund has received a further £115. £100 of that was direct to the fund's bank account so I have been able to reduce the Just Giving target to £850. Thank you all.

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  • john worland19 days ago
    john worland

    john worland

    19 days ago

    Fantastic response after only 2 days! 20% of the total reached already. Thank you so much to all the supporters.

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25

  • Margaret Madden

    Margaret Madden

    Feb 23, 2018

    £10.00

  • Emily Elliston

    Emily Elliston

    Feb 18, 2018

    £20.00

  • Nicky Caton

    Nicky Caton

    Feb 17, 2018

    A very worthy memorial, such terrible injustice that is too often overlooked in British and European history. Should not be forgotten.

    £10.00

  • Luthaneal Adams

    Luthaneal Adams

    Feb 14, 2018

    Donated on behalf of Jean Beck.

    £20.00

  • Jasmin D

    Jasmin D

    Feb 14, 2018

    Will be very happy to see a memorial :)

    £7.50

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    Feb 14, 2018

    £10.00

  • Amanda Williams-Munn

    Amanda Williams-Munn

    Feb 14, 2018

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john worland

john worland

Colchester, United Kingdom

Hi. I'm John Worland and I first became interested in the history of the Essex Witch Trials about 12 years ago. Whilst most people have heard of the main cases, the detail of what these people suffered is absolutely appalling.

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