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Sunday, November 20, 2005

The World's End

Mother Damnable at the World's End


"…..around the same time, Camden was home to a famous healer and soothsayer known as Mother Damnable (the name is something of a giveaway). According to Peter Ackroyd, her dwelling was on the site of Camden tube station, and Wikipedia suggests that The World’s End pub was once known as Old Mother Damnable’s.

Witchcraft continues to play a part in the London story. The Old Bailey was troubled with it’s last witchcraft case only in 1944, when Helen Duncan was arraigned for channelling D-Day secrets. Churchill visited the sorceress during her 9-month incarceration, after describing the trial as “Obsolete tomfoolery”. He later repealed the Witchcraft act...."



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