Its funny how something you happen to hear by chance sets off a chain of thought which leads to you linking in your mind something that happened a long way away to something much more local which is just what happened to me recently.
I had the radio on and someone was recounting how a terrible event had taken place on some ground where people were going about their business completely unaware of what had happened in that place so long ago.
Along with two old friends I had taken a trip to London and we had chosen to go by train from our local station which is named Castle Station due to the fact it is situated on what was the site of Northampton Castle, the Castle is long gone but the events that took place there are well documented.
After we had purchased our tickets and were deciding on a plan of action I wondered how many of my fellow travellers were aware that in 1612 the Northampton Witch Trails were held very close to where they were now going about their various business and as these people thought about the journey ahead, perhaps about people who would meet them at their destination in the same place others hundreds of years before had contemplated their own particular fate.
Six of these unfortunates were accused two of them being Mother and daughter Agnes and Joan Browne, their misfortune was to offend in some way a gentle lady one Elizabeth Belcher and her Brother William Avery, Elizabeth apparently took a dislike to Joan, who knows what lead to this probably something quite petty, but Elizabeth accused Joan of putting a curse on her. Miss Belcher fell ill and her Brother was dispatched to lift the curse but he testified that as he tried to approach the cottage of the two accused he was held back by an invisible force.
The two women were incarcerated for some time before being hanged in what is now Abington Park, which again is the last place you would expect such things to have taken place with children playing and their parents relaxing in what is a beautiful park in the middle of the town.