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The town is associated with the Witchfinder General - Matthew Hopkins who travelled over Eastern England from 1644-46, hunting out and prosecuting witches. He would subject them to a 'swimming' test. If they floated they were hanged. He eventually arrived at Mistley where legend has it that disgruntled villagers caught Hopkins and subjected him to his own "swimming" test: he floated, and therefore was hanged for witchcraft himself. Historians, however, think it more likely he died in his own home of natural causes.

12th Jun 2005 by Diane Earl

Geography, History, Religious Education

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Witch finder, Mistely, Essex

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