Background: Scrooby is a village on the east side of the Great North Road, on the
south bank of the River Ryton. The toll keeper and his wife were murdered in 1779
by John Spencer. His ghost tells the story.
Ghost story: I'd been at the house the night before playing cards with William, the
toll keeper. I came back the next morning and got in the house saying that a drove
of cattle wanted to pass through. They were such trusting souls. I killed them both
and got away with as much money as I could find. I was dragging one of the bodies
to the river when a man came by and I had to escape.
I was caught a few days later and executed at Nottingham Summer Assizes. They hung
my body from a gibbet at the north end of the village of Scrooby. My ghost occasionally
returns to re-enact my crime.