Sunday, 31 August 2014

The Grand Witches Tea Party

On August 25, 1682, three Devon women were hanged for being witches. Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles were the last women in England to be executed for the offence of Witchcraft.   Today, 322 years later,  the GRAND WITCHES TEA PARTY was held at Rougemont Castle in their honour.
  

This event was held to raise awareness and reignite the efforts to acquire pardons for these three women.  What better way to draw attention to this cause than by attempting to break the world record for the largest collection of witches in the world!  



Well, we had to go see who would attend.  There was every kind of witch imaginable....Warlocks with skulls...




and warlocks with tiny dogs.




Witches sheltering from the sun under parasols...



And witches having a sneaky cigarette.



There were big witches and little witches.



Everyone was dressed in their finest clothes and looking fabulous.  So let's take a look at the best dressed witches.  Look at this lovely teal cloak!



This rich purple cape stood out in the crowd.



This witch had a wonderful broom.



How fabulous are these shoes?!?



But the most clever and witty ensemble was worn by a French witch.  She was robed in this beautiful ivy covered cloak.



Underneath was a lacy petticoat,  stripy stockings, and a great pair of green Mary Jane shoes....



And FROGS!



Great fun as this was, there is a serious side, too.  All witch trials were based on ignorance and bigotry.  Their crime was being different.  Back then simply owning a cat could get you convicted of witchcraft if the authorities believed the village gossips.  We'd all like to think we've come a long way since the time of the witch trials... I hope we have.  

Unfortunately, the world record for the most witches wasn't broken but they have all promised to come next year and try again.  

Read more about the DEVON WITCH TRIALS by CLICKING HERE!

PS- The Great Witches Tea Party hits the national news!  READ ALL ABOUT IT HERE!


4 comments:

  1. Looks like it was a fun time! I was obsessed with the Salem Witch Trials when I was in school. If I had the opportunity to write a report on them I would! :0)

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    1. I met a lady who had written and published articles on the Salem Witch Trials. She was very interesting and had a great witch costume! : D

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  2. Now this is something that would be fun to see! Loving those striped socks and stellar shoes!!! And that wee witch is adorable! I would like to think that we have come a long way as well....an important message to accept people for who they are. Thanks for sharing this awesome day with us!! Nicole xoxo

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    1. Sad to say, but all you have to do is turn on the TV to see the latest 'Witch Hunt'. All we can do is try to be more tolerant and kind as individuals. It was a great day out! : )

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