Mother Gabley

d. 1583

Mother Gabley was accused of witchcraft, and was believed to have caused the deaths of Robert Archer, Oliver Cobb, William Barret and Richard Dye.

The Wells-next-the-Sea parish register says, ‘deaths were brought to pass by the detestable workings of an eserable witch of King’s Lynn whose name was Mother Gabley by the boiling or rather labouring of certain eggs in a pail full of cold water’

Find out more: You can see the Wells-next-the-Sea parish register 1548-1793 at the Norfolk Record Office –PD 679/1.

An image of Wells next the Sea parish register. Burial entry. NRO, PD 679/1

Wells next the Sea parish register. Burial entry. NRO, PD 679/1

Close-up of Wells next the Sea parish register. Burial entry. NRO, PD 679/1

Close-up of Wells next the Sea parish register. Burial entry. NRO, PD 679/1

Created in 2014 by UEA Film, Media and Television students Elizabeth Wafer, Benjamin Nugent and Rory Hutchinson-Boulter.

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