Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials
Essex Witch Trials

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The four sides of the lamppost depict scenes of women being tried as witches, familiars or animals associated with witches, Matthew Hopkins the Witchfinder General, and women seen dancing. The work reflects Essex's dark history during the witch trails.

Essex Witch Trials





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Acquisition method

created as part of Concrete Canvas 2023; funded by donations, sponsorship and support from businesses, artists, individuals, Chelmsford For You, and Chelmsford City Council

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Chelmsford City Council

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Unveiling date

May 2023


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Inscription description

side 1: In 1563 Queen / Elizabeth I passed / the Witchcraft Act. This / lead to Essex becoming a / hotbed of supposed 'witchcraft' / activity and many women being / killed for being 'witches'.; side 2: In Chelmsford witch / trials used to take place / in the town assizes, / which once stood in front / of where the Shire Hall stands / today. The gallows stood on / Primrose Hill.; side 3: In 1565 Elizabeth / Lowys from Great / Waltham was the first / person in England to be / hanged for witchcraft.; side 4: Between 1644 and 1647 / Matthew Hopkins became / a self appointed Witchfinder / General. Torturing and / sending more women to their / deaths than all other 'witch' / hunters in the previous 160 years.


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Duke Street, Chelmsford


Located at the CCTV station.