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A memorial plaque to the Bideford witches hangs on the ruined wall of Rougement Castle, Exeter, Devon, SW England, UK - These were reputedly the last people to be tried and executed for witchcraft in England - In well documented cases, three women, namely Temperance Lloyd, Susannah Edwards and Mary Trembles, were tried at Rougemont, found to be guilty of witchcraft and were taken to Heavitree and hanged in August 1682 - A fourth woman, Alice Molland, although less well documented, was similarly executed in 1685 - Aside from one confession by Lloyd, which she did not recant even with execution imminent, it is generally considered in current thinking that they were found guilty mostly based on hearsay - The plaque ends poignantly "In the hope of an end to persecution and intolerance" Devon Memorial Rougemont Witchcraft  Architecture Board Close-up Hanged Information Information Sign Injustice Intolerance Message Outdoors Persecution Plaque Remembrance Script Sign Stone Stone Wall Text Wall Western Script Witches