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Sorry about this image it was difficult to take something remotely interesting but I could not do a series on Knaresborough without a mention of old Mother Shipton.

The image shows the 'petrifying well'.
There are items (top left) hung round it that will eventually turn to 'stone'.
This is something to do with the mineral content of the water.
For more than 300 years people have been hanging things in this 'magic' well.

'Mother Shipton was born Ursula Sontheil in 1488.
The woman who came to tend to her 15 years old mother, Agatha, spoke of a smell of sulphur and a great crack of thunder as the child came into the world. The baby was born mishapen and huge.
Some thought her father was the devil.
Her mother gave her up at age two and supposedly went to live in a convent for the rest of her life.

Mother Shipton exhibited prophetic and psychic abilities from an early age. Many feared her and her powers mystical powers, which she always used to help people.

She lived in the time of Henry VIII of England predicted his victory over France in 1513.
She also prophesized the Dissolution of the Monasteries.

At 24 she married Toby Shipton, a carpenter. They had no children. She eventually became known as Mother Shipton.

Since 1641 there have been more than 50 different editions of books about her and her propheices.

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.


Extract above was taken from this site - please go there for details of her prophecies.

http://www.crystalinks.com/shipton.html

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