The Legend of the Witch – and her Kitchen (Chamber 1)
The legend has it that during the Dark Ages an old woman who kept a dog and some goats lived alone in the caves. Everything that went wrong in the village was blamed on her.
The local people believed she was a witch who cast spells and caused misfortunes.
Eventually, the people sought the help of the Abbot at nearby Glastonbury Abbey.
He sent a monk called Father Bernard to exorcise the witch’s spirit. He entered the cave armed only with a bible and a candle. In the faint light Father Bernard saw the witch stooping over her cooking pot.
He tried to talk to her, but, screaming curses and casting spells, the witch fled deeper into the cave down a narrow passageway called Hell’s Ladder. The brave monk followed her and they met again in the shadowy depths of an inner cavern.
Quickly, Father Bernard scooped up a handful of water from the river, blessed it and threw it over the witch.
She turned instantly to stone and her frozen figure remains in this cavern – known as The Witch’s Kitchen – to this day.