Cursed cooking pot locked away for 50 years after ‘killing three people who touched it’

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Locals fear the legendary pot has caused several deaths


A cursed cooking pot blamed for several violent deaths has been sealed and entombed for 50 years.

The killer kitchen utensil was placed in a “specially-made steel cage” in the mid-1970s after at least three people who had touched it died.

Legend says it contains “the ashes of a dwarf who was killed in Thornton Abbey”, GrimsbyLive reports.

The perilous pot had been locked away at Manor Farm in East Halton, North Lincolnshire, until it was found by builders in the 70s during construction work.

But its rediscovery was met with fear from locals, who claimed the pot was cursed and deadly, according to Alf Barwood, the builder in charge who examined it.



Locals fear the legendary pot has caused several deaths

One of its alleged victims, Charles Atkin, six, had lived at Manor Farm. He was tragically killed by a hay wagon the day after brushing against the pot.

At the time, his brother John Atkin said: “The cooking pot was in our cellar and I remember our father always telling us never to go near it.

“But we were playing in the cellar one day and Charles accidentally bumped into it.

“The next day, we were out in a field near the Humber and Charles was playing around one of the hay wagons when it went right over him, killing him.

“I was always scared of the pot.

“There was a lot of superstition in the village about it in those days.

“We were told that it contained the ashes of a dwarf who was killed at Thornton Abbey.

“There was a story of a tunnel between the abbey and the cellar and that after the dwarf was killed, his remains were taken through the tunnel by the monks and disposed of in secret.

“The family that lived in the house before us moved out after a baby died there.”

John spoke about another boy who was said to have removed the pot from the cellar and threw it into the village pond.

Within an hour, he also dead after being run over by a wagon – just like his brother.

Sometime later, the pot was recovered from the pond and returned to the cellar by an unknown man.

He, too, was dead by the end of the day.

The cellar was bricked up following Charles’ death – with the cursed cooking pot sealed inside.

A newspaper report at the time states: “John had heard about the legend and had an open mind but the workmen hired to sort out the cellar were reluctant to approach the battered object lurking in the corner.

“John called in the then local minister, the Rev Bob Kenyon, a firm believer in the legend, who offered to move the pot, convinced that, as a man of the church, he would be immune to the curse.

“Between them, however, they decided to let sleeping legends lie and, after an exorcism ceremony carried out by Mr Kenyon in the cellar, the pot was placed into a cask and encased in a steel cage fixed into the wall.”





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