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Mummified cat found bricked up in “witching country”

The remains of a mummified cat have been found bricked up behind a wall in Lancashire.

The site is close to the supposed location of Malkin Tower, a ruin whose name echoes the spectral witches’ cat Graymalkin in Macbeth. Three wizards and 17 witches were alleged to have plotted there to blow up Lancaster castle in 1612, to free an 85-year-old woman and her daughter accused of selling themselves to the devil.

History has never decided whether there was a genuine occult conspiracy or if terrified village herbalists were set upon for religious reasons or because of feuds.

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Story: Martin Wainwright, Guardian | Photo: Lorne Campbell/United Utilities/PA

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