Visit to The Witchcraft Museum in Cornwall

Museum of Witchcraft

The Museum of Witchcraft in Boscastle, Cornwall. All photos by Matt Wingett.


For anyone wondering whether the ancient beliefs of pagan Britain are still alive and well, a visit to The Witchcraft Museum will set their minds at rest. Or not, as the case may be, writes MATT WINGETT


They’ve done a great job of rebuilding Boscastle.

Pretty much wiped out in a flash flood of biblical ferocity in 2004, the tiny Cornish village has risen from the mud. The bashed cars carried down by the swollen river have been cleared and village is back to what it always was: a place of charm – and of charms.

The Witchcraft Museum is down by the river, near the National Trust gift shop, and sets a rather ghoulish counterpoint to the tweedy neatness of its neighbour.

A centuries-old house that looks like it was carved straight out of the rugged granite of the valley, the museum has been filled with artefacts of witchcraft collected by its founder Cecil Williamson and his successors since 1951.

Author: The Spooky Isles

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