Victorian era bottle containing anti-witchcraft solution found in Northamptonshire

Such bottles were previously found containing human nails, urine, tooth and pins at many archaeological sites in England

History of the Lancashire Witches is in the John Rylands Library in Manchester
History of the Lancashire Witches is in the John Rylands Library in Manchester Wikimedia Commons

As per the historians, between the years 1484 and 1750, around 200,000 witches were tortured, burnt or hanged in Western Europe, while 300 so-called witches were killed between 1644 and 1646. The practice of witchcraft became a capital offence in the 1560s'. In England, most of the witches were usually old women and belonged to poor families. Recently a Victorian-era bottle was found that is believed to have been used to ward off evil spells. As per the experts, the bottle has been found at the birthplace of a witch in Watford village, Northamptonshire.

Angeline Tubbs, a famous witch, who is still a popular name, was born at the former Star and Garter Inn at Watford village in 1761. Known as the Witch of Saratoga she is one of the major subjects of ghost tours at Saratoga Springs in New York, where she moved at the age of 15 and used to foretell the future. But the 19th-century weird bottle was found during roof repairs of her house in Northamptonshire. The bottle contains fish hooks, human teeth, glass, a liquid and suddenly appeared after several years when a chimney was demolished at the building.

The suspected witch bottle
The suspected witch bottle YouTube grab

As reported by BBC, Dr Ceri Houlbrook, lecturer in folklore and history at the University of Hertfordshire said, "It's certainly later than most witch bottles, so sadly not contemporary with Angeline Tubbs, but still a fascinating find."

The researchers who studied the bottle at the Museum of London Archaeology mentioned that such vessels were believed to have been used as a protection method hundreds of years ago. As per the experts, earlier these glass or stone vessels were found under the floors of historic buildings, mostly in the churchyards and riverbanks. It should be mentioned that most of these vessels had contained weird things, such as human nails and pins as well as human urine.

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