Tagged with Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal

A Witch Saved

This is from Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal from 1773: A few days ago, at the Village of Seend, in Wiltshire, a Report prevailed, that a Woman who was dangerously ill of a putrid Fever, was bewitched, and this Report excited the Curiosity of Numbers of her Neighbours to go and se hr. The Fever attending … Continue reading

A Successful Acrobat

During the course of more than two centuries St James’s Fair [in Bristol] degenerated from its more proper business intention into a kind of popular carnival, wherein many entertainments of sufficient innocence were accompanied with others of degrading viciousness. Feats of strength and of acrobatic skill by notable performers were among the lest exceptional of … Continue reading

A Witch In Wiltshire

Here’s a story from Felix Farley’s Bristol Journal of arch 1773 showing how easy it was even in the late 18th century, to be accused of witchcraft, and the importance of the often much condened local magistrates. “A few days ago, at the village of Seend, in Wiltshire, a Report prevailed that a Woman who … Continue reading

Trouble and Strife

Here are two short articles from Bristol’s newspapers of the 18th century: “A woman at Batcombe being jealous of her husband, went and hung herself. The good man found her in that condition, immediately cut her down, but she, being resolved to plague him as much as possible, hung herself a second time. However he … Continue reading