Welcome to the witches’ lair in Hatfield!
PUBLISHED: 11:00 28 October 2017
Danny Loo Photography 2017
In all corners of Margaret Galsworthy’s kitchen, witches, big and small, are lurking.
In fact there are well over 40 ladies with broomsticks adorning her house in Hatfield.
Some are more frightening than others, and none of them look particularly friendly.
One Halloween Mrs Galsworthy allowed a small group of young children into her house, accompanied by a parent.
But only the bravest stayed in the room to watch her battery-powered witches cackle and scurry across the floor, with the youngest of the group hiding behind a doorframe.
On another occasion a tradesman came into her house to fix the washing machine and jumped out of his skin when all of a sudden cackling erupted after he had dropped or knocked something.
Every year, her ghoulish collection grows as friends and family scour shops while on holiday, looking for new additions.
When asked what sparked her love of witches, Mrs Galsworthy told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I think I was at a country show quite a few years ago and I bought this witch and it’s gone on from there.
“All my friends and family know I collect them, so they bring them back for me.”
Retired Mrs Galsworthy’s largest witches are about 2ft tall, but many are smaller and peer out from her display cabinet.
It is hard to pick out a favourite, but she is very fond of Matilda, who sits on a table, has a sparkly dress with black and lilac tights.
Her cheekiest witch hails from Scarborough.
“There’s one witch who is quite rude.
“She has a bare bottom,” said Mrs Galsworthy.
Mrs Galsworthy added: “The biggest witch is called Ursula.
“She’s on the table in the kitchen and is holding a couple of smaller witches.
“The last one had to be hanging up from the ceiling. She came from Santorini.
“I have two on the windowsills; they’re largish and one is from Bulgaria.
“I think there’s probably about 40 in the cabinet from different countries.
“They give me pleasure, particularly if I have visitors who come in and haven’t seen them before and are quite fascinated.”
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