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Mother Shipton statue campaign launched
11:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in News
A CAMPAIGN has been launched to immortalise a 15th Century witch who predicted the Great Fire of London and the defeat of the Spanish Armada.
Retired shop-fitter Terry Maude is leading a £35,000 fundraising drive to create a bronze statue of Knaresborough soothsayer Mother Shipton which will be placed in the North Yorkshire town’s Market Place.
Historic records state Mother Shipton, or Ursula Southeil, was born in a cave overlooking the River Nidd in 1488, which has become the country’s oldest tourist attraction, and made numerous predictions in verse form which were first published 80 years after her death.
A contemporary of Nostradamus, Mother Shipton foretold Henry III’S dissolution of the Catholic Church, the fall of Cardinal Wolsey, the death of Edward VI, and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth I.