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Thursday, 27 October 2005

Witch bottle' was cure for sick cows

A Bottle containing a potion designed to ward off cattle disease in the 18th century is going on show after it was unearthed in Purbeck.

Experts believe the rare find is a `witch bottle' used to fend off evil spirits which were thought to cause horned cattle distemper - the foot and mouth of the period.

Source: Dorset Echo Thursday 27th Oct 2005

Wednesday, 26 October 2005

Witch bottle 'used to save cows'

The bottle was found on the Isle of Purbeck A rare 18th Century "witch bottle" used to ward off evil spirits is to go on show at a Dorset castle.


The bottle, which is one of only four found in the UK with its contents still inside, is to go on show at Corfe Castle for two weeks from Wednesday.


Source: BBC News Wednesday, 26 October 2005

Tuesday, 25 October 2005

A haunting discovery

A sealed bottle found on the Purbeck estate has been identified as an 18th century witch bottle.

It is believed the artefact, which was found by the National Trust, is a counter-witchcraft measure to ward off horned cattle distemper, the foot-and-mouth of the period.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Thursday 27th Oct 2005

Monday, 24 October 2005

What is that lurking in the bushes?

Shocked 10-year-old Nicholas Rogers claims he came face to face with a big cat in Poole's leafy suburbs as he walked home for his tea.

Nicholas, from Ascot Road, in Broadstone, was running home from the Recreation ground next to Silverdale Close where he had been playing football with friends last Tuesday, when he saw a large black creature crossing the road towards him.

Source: Bournemouth Daily Echo Monday 24th Oct 2005

Friday, 7 October 2005

Wallace and Gromit spook island

Posters for the new Wallace and Gromit film in a south coast town will not feature the word "rabbit" because of a local superstition.

Source: BBC News 7 October 2005
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