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The Dunking Pond - Witchfinder General

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A bit of local history - This is the pond where the Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins, disposed of many 'witches' in the 1640s. He had many forms of torture. 'The mildest was sleep deprivation; the worst, so-called “dunking”, in which the accused was bound hand and foot and tossed into deep water. If they floated, they were believed to be witches and accordingly hanged; if they sank (and, invariably, drowned) they were declared innocent and piously commended to God.'

'It is estimated that he personally presided over some four hundred prosecutions, most of which ended with the execution of the accused.'

'For many years it has been reported that on nights near the full of the moon, his spirit rises from his favorite dunking pond, at Mistley, and walks out of the water and onto land before disappearing into thin air.' Some of his victims are also said to haunt the area.

Matthew Hopkins is buried somewhere in Mistley, although the exact spot is not known.

V2 - Yes, I know - another ghost Tongue. However, a haunted pond wouldn't be complete without one WinkGrin

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Date Taken:9 Jan 2013 - 12:29 PM
Focal Length:18mm
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Title:The Dunking Pond - Witchfinder General
Username:Alda Alda
Uploaded:10 Jan 2013 - 12:27 AM
Tags:Black & white, General, History, Landscape / travel, Wildlife / nature, Witches
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debu
debu  4 India
10 Jan 2013 - 12:40 AM

Lovely set of images.
debu

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
10 Jan 2013 - 10:27 AM

Interesting history, excellent shadows, and i like the humour in v2.

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Cliff1944
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10 Jan 2013 - 11:37 AM

A nice set with an interesting commentary. The ghost being particularly apt in V2.
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rayme330
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10 Jan 2013 - 1:42 PM

An interesting narrative and series of images which would have been incomplete without your ghost. Grin

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10 Jan 2013 - 2:12 PM

you do like your ghosts

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10 Jan 2013 - 3:52 PM

Great story about the life of Hopkins and some very nice colourful images.

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
11 Jan 2013 - 1:25 PM

I go for the ghost one in mono, got to be the clincher, very well processed Alda, and well presented,regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

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