A bewitching tale

Kate Kutas, who has family links to Pendle Witches, with her husband Matthew

Kate Kutas, who has family links to Pendle Witches, with her husband Matthew

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When Kate Kutas began the painstaking process of researching her family’s links to the man who condemned 10 so-called witches to death 400 years ago, there was a startling surprise in store.

As a youngster, Kate’s grandfather was stark in his opinions of the Pendle witches and keen to point out the family’s links to Roger Nowell, the magistrate who famously sentenced the suspects to hang.

Kate and her sister grew up listening to accounts of how the family were linked to Nowell through their ancestors on her father’s father’s side.

 

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