£682raised of £850 target by 31 supporters

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

Colchester, United Kingdom
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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 worland2 months ago
    john worland

    john worland

    2 months ago

    Great news! Thanks to some donations that have been made direct, the total required for the memorial has effectively been reached! I will keep this justgiving page open so that I can post details of the unveiling when the date is known, but please note that no more donations to this page are needed. If anything further is received, it will be applied to enhancing the unveiling ceremony with flowers etc. Thank you all so much for your generosity. I thought that the fund raising would be the hardest part of this project - how wrong I was!

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  • john worland3 months ago
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    john worland

    3 months ago

    Fabulous progress! A big "Thank you!" to all who have donated. We are now just over 3/4 of the Just Giving total and I'm delighted to be able to report that the stone has now been ordered. Taking into account the time it will take to prepare and carve the inscription, it is likely that the unveiling will be in early June. I'll post an update again here once details are known. Thank you all again.

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  • john worland3 months ago
    john worland

    john worland

    3 months 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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Page last updated on: 3/25/2018 9:37 AM



  • Caitriona


    Mar 18, 2018

    Just realised I had not actually donated! maybe time for a reminder to folk.


  • sue mcdonagh

    sue mcdonagh

    Mar 13, 2018

    Delighted to contribute to such a worthy cause


  • Rachel Bass

    Rachel Bass

    Mar 12, 2018


  • Sarah Foley

    Sarah Foley

    Mar 5, 2018

    A well deserved memorial, await the unveiling day..


  • Leanne Campbell

    Leanne Campbell

    Mar 4, 2018

    Fantastic that a permanent memorial will finally be placed to honour the poor women (and few men) who suffered at the height of the witch crazed. Well done to those who have organised this tribute. X




    Feb 28, 2018

    With Love.


  • Margaret Madden

    Margaret Madden

    Feb 23, 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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