Bewitching discovery by water engineers

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Water engineers have unearthed what could prove to be one of the most infamous sites in England’s history of witches and warlocks.

United Utilities’ workers were “stunned” to discover a 17th century witch’s-style cottage, with a mummified cat sealed into the walls, during a routine construction project near Lower Black Moss reservoir in the Lancashire village of Barley, which nestles in the shadow of Pendle Hill – the UK’s premier witching hotspot.

Speculation is already rife among local historians that the building could be the lost Malkin Tower, the site of a notorious meeting of the Pendle witches on Good Friday, 1612.

Archaeologists brought in by the North West water firm to survey the area found a remarkably well-preserved building from the 1600s.

Witch expert Simon Entwistle said: “In terms of significance, it’s like discovering Tutankhamun’s tomb.”