A new book club is being launched in Uckfield on Tuesday and the first books on the reading list have been revealed.
The historical novels include:
The book club, Tombs and Tomes, is to meet at Bridge Cottage on the last Tuesday of every month with the doors opening at 6.30pm for refreshments and discussion from 7-8pm.
The first book, weaves a story around Matthew Hopkins, a witch-hunter whose career flourished during the English Civil War, and notes on the Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre website say the venue is a perfect setting to discuss the fictional historical novel.
The notes say: “Here we have our own links to the time when the belief in witchcraft and the supernatural was widespread. We have, carved within the fire surround of our hall, some ‘witch marks’.”
The heritage centre says magical symbols and ritual objects can be found carved into the fabric of many historic places.
They were said to be designed to ward off evil and were typically found in and around entrances to homes and especially above fireplaces.
“Whilst the doors could be closed, offering some form of security, the chimney was always open, and therefore vulnerable. These marks added a level of spiritual security to this inside,” say the Bridge Cottage notes.
There will be chance to see the marks at the book club’s first meeting on Tuesday.
Read more about the book club on the Bridge Cottage website.