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.
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