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Mother Shipton


Mother Shipton was born in 1488 in a riverside cave at Knaresborough as a summer storm raged. Just a few feet away was the mysterious Petrifying Well - with the power to turn objects to stone as if by magic.

The child was named Ursula Sontheil and from the moment she came into the world it was clear she had strange gifts. She grew up and married a local carpenter but she was not destined to lead a normal life. Her power to see into the future became known across England.

Mother Shipton predicted important historical events many years ahead of their time - the Great Fire of London in 1666, the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588 - as well as the advent of modern technology. She even forecast her own death in 1561.

Today her prophecies are still proving uncannily accurate. Many have been fulfilled - perhaps you will understand these extracts:

Carriages without horses shall go.
And accidents fill the world with woe.
Around the world thoughts shall fly
In the twinkling of an eye...
Under water men shall walk,
Shall ride, shall sleep, shall talk;
In the air men shall be seen
In white, in black, and in green.
Iron in the water shall float
As easy as a wooden boat.

Mother Shipton is the world's most famous prophetess and every year more than 100,000 people visit her birthplace, eager to share her story. littlewitches_1.jpg

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