A construction crew demolishing a former pub and inn known as the Star and Garter in Watford, England discovered a witch bottle in the chimney, placed there in bygone years by the hands of an unknown individual to ward off the power of witches. The bottle contained teeth, pins, and a “mystery liquid.” The Star and Garter had once been home to an alleged witch named Angeline Tubbs, who was born in 1761, but the glass of which the witch bottle was fashioned dates to the 1830s. Witch Bottles, most of which date to the 1600s and the era of the “witch craze”, were often hidden away in chimneys because it was believed that witches gained entrance to houses just like Santa Claus, by coming down the chimney. The bottles typically were filled with urine, which was believed to work like bait for the witches, and with pins, which were meant to impale and trap the witches’ etheric forms.
A Witch Bottle was also unearthed beneath Interstate 64 in Virginia. It was buried by Union soldiers during the Civil War. It contained nails, which were meant to do the same thing as the pins, namely stabbing witches in their spiritual forms and protecting against their spells.