Born and bred within the Forest of Pendle, John A Clayton is a qualified historian
and landscape archaeologist; he has also appeared on a number of local and national
radio broadcasts and filmed for television.
Years of research led to the publication of three books on the subject of the Pendle
Witches - John’s research is ongoing and it is fair to say that he is now recognised
as the leading authority on the subject.
Because of this he was commissioned to act as historical advisor to The Pendle Witch
Child - a film made for the BBC and first aired in the autumn of 2011 to great acclaim.
EWARE OF SELF-STYLED PENDLE WITCH ‘EXPERTS’ - SEARCH FOR THE TRUTH
S0 . . . the 400th anniversary year of The Pendle Witch Trials draws to a close and
with it we will see the closing of the grant authorities’ satchels. Sculptures, plays,
walks and art exhibitions will fade but the search for the real story of the Pendle
Witches is carried on by a handful of historical researchers.
On the following pages It will be attempted to provide an insight into the facts
behind the story of the execution of nine people from the Pendle Forest area of East
Lancashire (and one from St. Helens) in 1612.