Mill Museum: Ash & Elm Charm

This is another intriguing display of Traditional Witchcraft, folklore and magic, from the old Witches Mill Museum.

Two sticks cut of the same length, bound with green ribbon and wax.  The top stick is painted and labelled:

ASH, Coles Pits, August: 1918

The second stick is labelled

ELM, Wadley, August: 1918

The Ash and Elm are secured onto a mat board and the writing explains the charm saying:

Ash and Elm Charm, placed on a mantel shelf

To keep off Ghosts and Hobgoblins.

And in very tiny script it continues saying:

As used in Cheshire 1895.


5 Responses to “Mill Museum: Ash & Elm Charm”

  1. Andy Harper Says:

    Where did this exhibit originate? Cole’s Pits and Wadley Farm are just outside Faringdon (then in Berkshire).

    • manxwytch Says:


      This exhibit is from the old Witches Mill Museum in Castletown, Isle of Mann. Its origins, and owner prior to the exhibit at the Mill is still up for engaging debate and raises exciting questions about the various men and women who were involved in contributing display items, lore and lineage to the Museum and the Old Craft lines. As you will see, there will be other places of notable mention in the Museum relics. Perhaps they will inspire you to investigate Craft lore in Berkshire or Cheshire further. All the best to you. MW. 🙂

  2. Tom Allen-Stevens Says:

    How intriguing – I’m the owner of Cole’s Pits – Wicklesham Farm, Faringdon, Oxon. It’s the site of ancient mill stone pits, that were bulldozed in the 1950s as part of the drive for agricultural land to grow food. In 1918 they would have been overgrown and were a bit of a natural adventure playground, for picnics, hide and seek etc – many locals would have seen them as a place of mystery & fascination, no doubt. There were rumours it was an ancient Briton village and that the Cole was Old King Cole, but these were probably not true. Wadley lies about 1 mile to the east.

    • Thank you for contacting us. It is always very exciting to learn a bit more. There were said to be witches in the area and we are attempting to investigate the author of the handwriting. We realize that it’s a shot in the dark. Also, documenting these small bits of folklore and Craft history could potentially open doors for other people in their own investigations and we encourage the sharing of such small pieces of the puzzle. We also know that ‘Old King Cole’ was a part of the folklore of Coles Pits and agree that it was more likey a social construct of association due to similarity of name and attaching a familiar legend. You may also be interested in that we have some “lucky” coal and will be posting it soon for the Yule Season along with the little note that went with it.

  3. Hello! Thank you for sharing these wonderful examples of folk magic. We have some new information/theories about this – please can you contact me at the email address provided?

    Many thanks


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