Newcastle Witches, The Ghost Walk ~ £9.99 pp ~ Private Tours
A Ghost Walk all about the Newcastle Witches and history. Our ancient city has a dark past just like that of the Pendle Witch trials of 1612 or the Essex Witchcraft trials of the 15 -16 hundreds, many people remember the Salem witch trials and the innocent people that were executed all over the world. But if you asked most people in Newcastle they would not have a clue that we have this amazing historical past right at their fingertips. Walk with us around the ancient Castle Garth and Newcastle Quayside on the Witches Ghost Walking tour and uncover these hidden sites..
The image known as the lost child by Henry Hetherington Emerson depicts the Castle Garth with St Nicholas Church in the background during the witch trials and shows a Royalist ringing the bell to tell of witches; in the back right a Puritan man follows the old witch as a barber surgeon on the right looks on from his shop. This is the same path you will walk down, in the footsteps of this accused witch!
This tour is led by a 4th generation traditional witch, not a Wiccan but a practitioner of real folkloric witchcraft, the kind these witches were accused of practising, hear of the dark man also know as the witch master but to most he is the devil. Learn of low magic spells, incantations and charms, psalms used in witchcraft still to this day, learn about the Newcastle cunning folk and how they would meet the man in black and the pacts they made with him to gain there powers. Find out about the witches beasts that of toad, hare, black dog, raven, crow and goat. See a real blackthorn blasting rod that belonged to a witch from the 1700's, the rod was used to spell live stock and to curse anyone who dare cross the witch. Dare use some of the witches tools to see into the spirit world and hear how the witches used lost souls, spirit and spirit guides to do there bidding and witness a real witch summon the dead and see what happens next!!.
See the sights of one of Newcastle’s witch prisons to where we will re-in act a fun but wicked persecution of one of the ghost walkers. With crowd participation the guide will bring to life the darkness of witch’s night, 1649 a night that seen the Newcastle witch trials start with the ring of a bell and greed along with a lust for torture will ignite the witch hunts of Newcastle that result in over 30 people locked in 2 prisons in the city, some accused of murder, some of bloodletting and others of dark folk magic.
On the right a witch hangs on the old Town Moor!
Newcastle Witchcraft Trials will guide you to many sites from the witch’s prison at the Castle Keep to a haunted site said to be cursed by a cunning man who spelled the area with an elemental spirit in the ancient times. All the way to the witches graveyard, from the Prison to the Grave is the name of your tour guides new book based on the Newcastle Witches. Your tour guide is a real folk witch with a wealth of information.
Next you will walk the witches walk down to the old court house at the old town hall, on the way you will stop at each haunted site as your regaled in the skin tingling stories of the dead witches.
See the back of the bricked up Mathew Bonner Witch House that was recently discovered or so it’s believed. Mathew Bonner also know as Bullmer was accused of sorcery and dark arts, it’s said he shape shifted in to a black cat named vinegar to lure children to their deaths in a nearby Village know as Winlaton.
You will see the site of Isab Browns house where she took park in bloodletting for curses and animal sacrifice to call upon the man in black. The site is said to be haunted by a dark apparition. On knocking down most of the house builders reported been scratched and hearing a women signing, witch bottles and a bricked up cat were also found in the walls and so work stopped DEAD.
We will pass by one of the old buildings believed to be haunted by a Puritan who forced cotton wool into the witches mouths and pins in to their skin in a small backroom that was discovered during a renovation in the late 1990's, the room was also believed to be used for the press gangs. To date the building has many ghosts and one of our tour guides has a fantastic story to tell of the Witch inquisitor and how he attacked our tour guide and witch.
Your next stop will be the old town hall, a place that is now a thriving bar and restaurant but back in the 1649 - 50 it was the site of the Newcastle Witch Trials where witches were placed on trial and pricked with long needles to prove the guilt. The old town hall is well haunted with 3 mystery fires almost destroying the place, phantom smells of burnt candles, a man seen sitting in the upper room and a ladies ghost seen walking the back staircase. Even the court yard is haunted, people have heard the horses hoofs and the back of the building is built on to an old street know as The Close where a tragic fire killed 12 prostitutes in the 1800's, one of the ladies of the night was known for her tea leaf readings and speaking with the dead.
Newcastle Witches Ghost Walk is not like any tour you've taken before! We've been thrilling our audiences for almost a decade and all of us including the dead are waiting for you to be next in line for a frightmare. This tour is interactive and takes crowd participation to make the tour a night to remember.
Be Warned! Ghost tours run rain or shine. We run on dark and stormy nights!
Comfortable shoes are recommended so that you don’t become dead on your feet during the time you spend in the haunted areas and taking part in our ghostly tour. This tour is OUTDOORS so please dress for old cobble pathways, grassy areas and old steps, cold weather and ghostly chills.