The Seaton Ross Witch

Seaton Ross has its very own witch! You can see Margaret Harper’s gravestone in the local churchyard dated June 1853 and bearing the now barely legible inscription:

The faults you have seen in me
Strive to avoid

Search your own hearts

And you’ll be well employed.

‘Peg’ Harper lived in an old thatched cottage behind the Wesleyian Chapel. The story goes that she was leaning on her garden gate when horses pulling a cart of grain stopped opposite and would move no further as a result of a spell she put on them.

Please refer to the website: for an interesting account of this tale, including detailed comment about the real person behind the story and the historical context.

Parish Plot


Do visit this little oasis, which is situated on Church Lane near the crossroads with Breckstreet Lane and Mill Lane.  Our thanks to Roger Brook for maintaining the garden until Spring 2020. Peter writes an interesting blog called: nodiggardener.

The plot is owned by the Parish Council for the use of villagers and has gradually been reclaimed since 2005. Once the site of charitable homes for older village residents, the old fruit trees remain but only the foundations of the houses.

It has recently been taken on by Mr and Mrs Taplin and their hard work is already evident. The floor plan of the cottages has been exposed and there is a new entrance using one of the old cottage paths. There is a small area which will interest children. The next goal is a small wildflower meadow.

Please feel free to visit, wander, sit and enjoy.

If you would like to help with the maintenance of this garden, please email: