Cauldron

Description
Possible witch’s cauldron. This small iron crock, of the type commonly used in Dartmoor cottages, was given to the folklorist Miss Theo Brown by William Webb of Postbridge who died in 1967. He kept pitch in it for cattle with broken horns. It had belonged to his grandmother, Mrs Elizabeth Webb, the famous ‘White Witch of Dartmoor’ who died in 1913, aged about 73. She was a powerful charmer: she could arrest bleeding at a distance without needed to see the patient. She grew herbs in her garden and used reeds from the marsh to cure warts. To cure snake bites she would kill an adder, chop it up finely and cook it. When cool she would skim off the scum and make the patient drink it.
Accession Loan No.
8/2018
Collection Class
Social and industrial history
Common Name
cauldron
Simple Name
cauldron
Full Name
cast iron cauldron or crock used by Elizabeth Webb the so-called ‘White Witch of Dartmoor’
Period Classification
Modern (1900-)
Family Group

Material
iron
Collector / Excavator
Theo Brown
Collection Site Name
Postbridge
Collection Town
Postbridge
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe

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