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Talk, Wed 10 Apr 2019, free entry

Magical House Protection: The Use of Bellarmines a

Magical House Protection: The Use of Bellarmines a


The use of bellarmines as witch-bottles to protect hearth and home from evil began around the middle of the 17th century. These fascinating bottles were imported in vast quantities into England from the Rhineland where the secret of making stoneware had been mastered. Once the usually alcoholic contents had been consumed these incredibly durable bottles could be re-used and their anthropomorphic qualities meant they were ideal for supernatural practices.

In this lecture Brian Hoggard will talk in detail about the origin of the bottles, their use in counter-witchcraft, early texts describing them and their place in the wider world of magical house protection.

About the speaker
Brian Hoggard is an independent researcher who has been working on the archaeology of counter-witchcraft since 1999. He has published many papers and appeared in several TV documentaries across the major UK channels and for ABC Australia. He has jointly organised two major conferences on the topic, the first in Norwich in 2016 and the second in Salisbury in 2018. There are plans for a third in Chester in 2020.

His book Magical House Protection – The Archaeology of Counter-Witchcraft will be published by Berghahn Books in April 2019. He has also written books about Bredon Hill in Worcestershire and another about Crusader Castles for an educational publisher in the USA.

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Event details

Dates Times
Wed 10 Apr 2019 18:00 to 00:00


Free entry

This event is free of charge and open to all, but booking is advised. For more information please contact Kirstie Gregory, our Research Coordinator.



    74 The Headrow,
    LS1 3AH



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    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • Picnic sitePicnic site
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
    • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing