A property filled with magical artifacts lately drew a lot of attention. A “witchcraft cave” was discovered beneath a staircase in a 16th-century Welsh mansion filled with occult items such as animal skulls and a cache of left shoes. Kerrie Jackson was repairing her 16th century AD home in Denbigh, North Wales, with her husband Bleddyn when they uncovered a witchcraft cell buried beneath their staircase. Animal skulls, poison, perfume-filled bottles, strange shoes, and a half-eaten wooly cap were among the esoteric things strewn beneath the stairwell in an attempt to catch witches and their spiritual accomplices, demons.
How Was The Welsh Witchcraft Den Found?
Bleddyn inherited the house where the 500-year-old antiques were uncovered, and it had been in his family for several centuries. Kerry told The Scottish Sun that her husband was working in the room next door when he “saw something through a hole he’d put in the wall” at this Grade II-listed farmhouse in Denbigh, North Wales.
Further investigation found that the stairwell was built over a sealed medieval doorway that originally connected several areas of the house. Kerry described peering into the darkness as “quite creepy,” and they could only see a handful of shoes through the rubble at first. After that, as their eyes adjusted, they noticed an “eerie bundle,” which turned out to be a collection of supernaturally imbued things. According to an article in Wales Online, they discovered that previous tenants in their home had sought to “capture witches and demons” after doing some investigation.
Attracting and Trapping Witches Using Human Objects
The Welsh couple discovered “eight weird shoes,” all for left foot, ranging from toddler’s shoes to heavy men’s work boots, as they investigated the hidden witchcraft nest beneath their stairs. A wooden hat, parts of a horse’s skull, gun barrel fragments, ancient invoices, and bottles full of poison and perfume were also discovered, all of which were thought to ward against evil in the late medieval period. As if that wasn’t enough, the terrifying discovery was still to come in the form of a washed-out antique portrait of a woman dubbed “Vicky,” which was hidden behind shutters in the parlor.
Scholars’ most popular idea for the meaning of the hundreds of “concealed shoes” discovered across the United Kingdom is that they were hidden in homes to defend against bad influences, including demons, ghosts, witches, and familiars. Witches were thought to be “attracted by the human aroma of a shoe, and after inside one found themselves trapped, as they are unable to reverse,” according to author Eamonn P. Kelly in his 2012 Archaeology Ireland paper titled “Trapping Witches in Wicklow.”
The presence of so many anti-witch devices and demon traps suggests that the staircase in this old house was once thought to be a doorway to hell and that previous owners were battling “something” beyond their comprehension that they mistook for something demonic and built a symbolic firewall to protect themselves.
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