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The Cage at St Osyth: a nineteenth-century medieval witch prison
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I'm posting this under "Other Stuff" because it doesn't really have anything to do with the paranormal. 

The Cage in St Osyth, Essex, is a former village lock-up which is currently being marketed as a paranormal venue. It's claimed as another in the series of "Most Haunted Houses in England", and is available for ghosthunting evenings, seances, ghostwalks and - for all I know - Bar Mitzvahs. It's also attracted interest from serious researchers. Part of the sales pitch is that it's a medieval witch prison, where a local witch, Ursula Kemp, was confined before her execution in 1582:

[Image: the-cage.jpg]

Ursula Kemp was a real person, but did she have anything at all to do with the Cage?

As English village lock-ups go, the Cage would be exceptionally old if it did date back as far as the 16th century. According to an article in the Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society for 1927, one of the oldest lock-ups in the county was that at Bradwell, which was then believed to have been built c. 1700. But according to a recent blog post, it was really built as recently as 1817:
http://roys-roy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/l...ntree.html

That doesn't tell us anything for sure about the age of the Cage. But an obvious source of information is old maps. The Tithe Map of St Osyth was prepared to accompany a Tithe Apportionment dated 31 January 1839. It's available as pay-per-view at https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/tithe/. And nineteenth century Ordnance Survey maps can be found at https://www.old-maps.co.uk/. Below are the relevant sections of the Tithe Map and the 1897 Ordnance Survey map. The site of the Cage is indicated in red on the latter, and the red circle shows where it should appear on the former. But clearly there's nothing there.

[Image: Osyth.jpg]

Sadly, this "medieval witch prison" was built in the nineteenth century.
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(10-11-2017, 01:15 PM)IChris Wrote: I'm posting this under "Other Stuff" because it doesn't really have anything to do with the paranormal. 

The Cage in St Osyth, Essex, is a former village lock-up which is currently being marketed as a paranormal venue. It's claimed as another in the series of "Most Haunted Houses in England", and is available for ghosthunting evenings, seances, ghostwalks and - for all I know - Bar Mitzvahs. It's also attracted interest from serious researchers. Part of the sales pitch is that it's a medieval witch prison, where a local witch, Ursula Kemp, was confined before her execution in 1582:

[Image: the-cage.jpg]

Ursula Kemp was a real person, but did she have anything at all to do with the Cage?

As English village lock-ups go, the Cage would be exceptionally old if it did date back as far as the 16th century. According to an article in the Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society for 1927, one of the oldest lock-ups in the county was that at Bradwell, which was then believed to have been built c. 1700. But according to a recent blog post, it was really built as recently as 1817:
http://roys-roy.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/l...ntree.html

That doesn't tell us anything for sure about the age of the Cage. But an obvious source of information is old maps. The Tithe Map of St Osyth was prepared to accompany a Tithe Apportionment dated 31 January 1839. It's available as pay-per-view at https://www.thegenealogist.co.uk/tithe/. And nineteenth century Ordnance Survey maps can be found at https://www.old-maps.co.uk/. Below are the relevant sections of the Tithe Map and the 1897 Ordnance Survey map. The site of the Cage is indicated in red on the latter, and the red circle shows where it should appear on the former. But clearly there's nothing there.

[Image: Osyth.jpg]

Sadly, this "medieval witch prison" was built in the nineteenth century.
Maybe it was built using medieval materials  Big Grin 
Or it’s a reference to the catering?
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(10-11-2017, 02:23 PM)Obiwan Wrote: Maybe it was built using medieval materials  Big Grin 
Or it’s a reference to the catering?

Yes. Or perhaps it's one of those phantom cottages, and it was invisible when the cartographers came round.
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