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Mears Ashby is a village in the Englishmarker county of Northamptonshiremarker.

It is between the county town of Northamptonmarker and Wellingboroughmarker; administratively it forms part of the borough of Wellingboroughmarker.

The 2001 census recorded its population as 442 of which 221 were male and 221 female.


According to Westwood and Simpson in their book, The Lore of the Land, the county in general and Mears Ashby in particular has a long tradition of witchcraft and accusations of witchcraft. In their book they recall that as late as 1785 a local inhabitant, Sarah Bradshaw, was so accused. We learn from the Northampton Mercury on 1 August 1785 that:

"Thursday last, a poor woman, named Sarah Bradshaw of Mears Ashby...who was accused by some of her neighbours of being a witch, in order to prove her innocence, submitted to the ignominy of being dipped (on a ducking-stool); when she immediately sunk to the bottom of the pond; which was deemed an incontestable proof that she was no witch!"

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  • Northampton Mercury 1 August 1785
  • The Lore of the Land - Westwood & Simpson - 2005 - ISBN 0-14-100711-7

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