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Nanny Morgan and the Shropshire Witch

Witchcraft is in the bones of Shropshire folk, if we are to believe Folklorist Charlotte Burne. She wrote that magic was so intertwined in the lives of people here, that when a new vicar took parish near Clee Hill, he was shocked to discover how prominent of a role it played in everyday life. Indeed, he was advised in strong terms not to preach its ills, lest he awake the wrath of the locals and I think this story perfectly encapsulates how entrenched belief in witchcraft was to the Shropshire area. Littered across our folklore and history are examples of the preventative measures taken to avoid witches, and also tantalising glimpses of the women they were trying to avoid. I want to discuss these in more detail, ( though we often find that such women are reduced to a few lines of folklore.) With a specific focus on a woman known as Anne ‘Nanny’ Morgan- who was to become the Wicked Witch of Much Wenlock. As we shall soon see, there is far more to her story that folklore suggests, and
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