Despite her appearance, the young girl gained respect and grew up to become the town’s herbalist and soon revealed she could predict the future.
Her prophecies began small about the townspeople but eventually she foresaw outcomes of one of England’s most famous monarch’s King Henry VIII – one of which being his break from the Catholic Church and creation of the Church of England.
Legend also says that waters from the pools inside the Mother Shipton’s Cave can turn objects to stone.
The cave is also known for its impressive stalactites.
These natural formations are created from the dripping water which contain minerals that gradually grow overtime, giving them that bewitched impression.
Just outside of the cave is the Petrifying Well, where visitors can view several small teddy bears that have been left to turn into a stoney form.
Don’t pass on your chance at the wishing well, a tradition by passersby for over 300 years, with several people confirming their wishes had been granted.
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