Well I was defiantly impressed by this video documented and compiled by Charlene Lowe kemp. I must have I watched it from start to finish. I hope to see more documentaries from the team. As I watched this video it made me want to visit Thirsk so eventually the Red Ridge team will take a trip to Thirsk and look into this in more detail. I will post a blog and update has I go along. Below I will give a link to a video on amazon prime.. worth the watch. Enjoy.
Busby was arrested, tried and condemned to death after he murdered his father-in-law Daniel Auty in 1702. Thomas Busby a local man became partners with his father in law Awety in the illicit coining business at Danotty hall. It was reported, Busby a bully and a drunkard returned home to discover Daniel Awety sat in his favourite chair and after an argument threw Awety out. It is said, Awety threatened to take his daughter Elizabeth away from Busby and return her to Danotty Hall.
Later that night Thomas Busby went up to Danotty Hall and bludgeoned Daniel Awety to death with a hammer. After murdering Awety Busby hid the body in nearby woodland. When Awety failed to appear a search was mounted which led to the discovery of Daniel Awety’s body and the arrest of Thomas Busby. While tried at York Assizes in 1702 and condemned to hang his body was dipped in pitch and left in a gibbet opposite the coaching inn at the cross roads on the old great north road leading into Thirsk.
As Thomas Busby was being lead to his execution he is supposed to have cursed anyone who dared sit in his chair. Thereafter the inn became known as the Busby Stoop Inn.
From 1894, as I’ve been looking into this story, to 1978 there was a few strange deaths situated around the local area. Tony Earnshaw asked the Thirsk museum to take the chair away on condition the museum never let anyone ever sit in it. The museum put the chair on the wall out of harm’s way and no one has been allowed to temp the curse for nearly 30 years.
My plan is to investigate the areas of deaths and see if we get any results. Also around the local woodland that was mentioned to be haunted by past illicit crimes and meeting places.
Written by Philip Williams – Red Ridge X.