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Alice Shackled

Jan. 8, 2019


This sculpture was created in 2012 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of one of the most infamous witch trials of the 17th century - that of the Pendle witches; women who lived in the early 1600's at a time of religious persecution and superstition which resulted in their deaths. 

The Borough & Parish Council of Roughlee led a scheme to commission the erection of a sculpture of ‘Alice’. It depicts her shackled and on her way to trial. Fabricated from brass and corten steel, it depicts Alice Nutter of Roughlee who was unusual among the accused as she was the wealthy widow of a farmer. She kept silent throughout her trial except to enter a plea of not guilty to the murder of Henry Mitton by witchcraft and was condemned to death by hanging. We now judge the persecution and judicial killing of these women as acts of ultimate misogyny. 

Kate Mulholland has written a book about the life of Alice, ‘A Cry of Innocence’.

https://www.externalworksindex.co.uk/entry/134719/DP-Structures/Corten-steel-and-bronze-Pendle-Witch-sculpture/#intro-block

http://www.roughlee.org.uk/roughlee-commemorates-alice-nutter/