The extraordinary story of Ursula Kemp


Colchester Castle

From £6.00

Suitable for Adults

History, Talks and Tours

About this Event

5.30 – 6.30pm

In 1582, a total of 13 women were on trial accused of witchcraft. The ringleader was said to be Ursula Kemp from St. Osyth, Essex. Ursula and one other were hanged. In 1963 a skeleton was uncovered in a garden in St. Osyth and identified at the time as being that of Ursula. John Worland takes us through the original history and the subsequent travels of the skeleton, together with his 4 year fight to get the remains reburied back in St. Osyth.

The Castle will be open from 5 – 7pm, so you have time to explore Wicked Spirits?, browse the magical merchandise on sale in the shop and even grab a drink.

This talk is suitable for ages 12+. Please note it will explore real historical events, including death and torture, which some people may find upsetting. 

For useful information, such as how to find us and what facilities Colchester Castle has, we recommend reading our Access information: Access at the Castle | Colchester Museums


Tickets cost £6 per person.

How to Book

Click here to book online

Alternatively, call the team at Colchester Castle on 01206 282939. Our line is open from 10am – 4.30pm.

Thinking of joining 5 or more of our ‘Wicked Spirits?’ talks or activities? As a little thank you to our returning visitors, we are offering a Colchester Castle exclusive ‘Wicked Spirits?’ goody bag, containing little gifts and exclusive offers. Just ask our team at the Castle Welcome desk for a loyalty card and start collecting stamps!

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