Home Renovation Turns Up Something Creepy
A home renovation turned creepy when the owners of the house discovered a sack filled with what they think would have been used to ward off witches and demons in late Medieval times.
The sack, found buried in a staircase of the 16th-century farmhouse in North Wales, contained eight left-footed shoes, various animal skulls, rusted gun barrels and what looked to be the half-eaten remains of a hat.
Kerrie Jackson tells North Wales Live, "It was very eerie to peer into the darkness and make out all the objects inside, and, initially, we could only see a couple of shoes through the rubble.
"But, as we kept pulling them out, more and more were found, until, eventually, we'd lined up eight odd shoes -- all for the left foot and ranging from heavy men’s work boots to toddler shoes -- along with the remnants of a horse’s skull, a wool hat and parts of a gun barrel," she continues.
After searching the eery items on the web, Kerrie and her husband Bleddyn discovered "an old superstition that says witches would enter homes 'between' places such as staircases, or at twilight or the chiming of midnight," according to Kerrie.
"People believed that by leaving out items, such as shoes, witches or demons would be attracted to the scent left by the wearer," she explains. "Once they entered the shoe or boot, they were unable to reverse back out and were therefore trapped."
"Other theories suggest that perhaps they would become so distracted by the novelty of the find that they would leave the family alone," Adds Jackson.
The house has been in her husband's family for generations, says Kellie, adding that the items have been returned to their place to protect the house for another few hundred years.