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Double Double, Toil and Trouble

A new exhibition at the Horsham Museum, W Sussex:

Where did Harry Potter get his spells from? Britain has a rich store of charms and folk magic, and in the not so long ago most likely you would have gone to see a local folk-healer rather than a doctor if you had some problem that troubled you. Some healers could cure simple things from warts and cuts to skin diseases, while others offered charms against witchcraft and could find lost or stolen goods. Fortune tellers are still with us, of course, but the art of reading tea leaves or the cards is an old one. A new exhibition at Horsham Museum, ‘Double double, toil and trouble,’ explores the intriguing world of folk-magic and witchcraft, a world that was still familiar in our great-grandparents’ day though today is much less well known.

Like most places in England, Sussex had its share of witches and magic and its folklore tells of the use of magic in the lives of Sussex men and women. For example, did you know that the Horsham courts heard 3 cases of witchcraft during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and that it once had its own ‘white witch’ or ‘cunning-woman’? Similarly Cuckfield was the scene of a case of witchery in the 1860s, and East Harting was home to ‘Old Mother Digby’ – a witch who was said to be able to turn herself into a hare.

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