Sunday 13th January 2013
(Molly Leigh (1685–1746)
Molly Leigh witch or just misunderstood!
Molly Leigh – the witch of Burslem or was just it accusation of an over reacting clergy. Again.
Molly’s tomb, as it is today
Molly Leigh – the witch of Burslem
Everybody who lives in the north part of Stoke on Trent knows the legend of Molly Leigh (not Lee!). Her strangely-shaped grave and tombstone can still be seen to this day. Sue Lightwood has written an account of Molly’s life for us….
Margaret Leigh was born in Burslem, which is now one of the Six Towns of the Potteries, about 1685.
Sadly, Margaret, or Molly (sometimes Molly Lee) as she was known, was ugly. Very ugly. And in those days, this led to her being shunned, then alone, and then becoming notorious as the witch of Burslem. She never married.
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