A talk shedding new light on some of the lesser known allegations of witchcraft in Lancashire during the 17th century is to take place in Chorley.

Staff from the archives office in Preston will use authentic records to show how attitudes to people accused of witchcraft changed in the aftermath of the infamous trials of 1612.

The talks will look at 17th century witchcraft accusations and petitions from the Lancashire Quarter Session Court, which dealt with less serious crimes than the assize courts.

Victoria McCann, senior archivist, said: “Although many people know about the Lancashire Witch Trials of 1612, they won’t necessarily know about the records that show how witchcraft accusations affected the wider community in different areas of Lancashire.

“The cases heard at the Quarter Sessions were not taken seriously enough to be brought before the assize court or to hang those who were found guilty. However, many of the accused were imprisoned.

“The documents uncovered include an incantation, a charm and instructions for curing cows.”

The talk takes place at Chorley Library on Tuesday, July 24, 2pm - 3pm. Admission is free.