The Busby Stoop an old coaching inn situated at the cross roads junction of the A61 and the A167 at Carlton Miniott near Thirsk in North Yorkshire was also the scene of a hanging early in the 18th century as a replica gibbet outside the inn testifies.
Local man, Thomas Busby married local girl, Elizabeth Auty - nothing strange in that except that Elizabeth was from a wealthy family and her father had unsuccessfully opposed the marriage because he knew that Busby was a drunkard and ne’er do well. The story goes that Busby had a nice wooden armchair made for himself and one day he returned home to find his father in law sitting in the chair and an argument ensued. Later on Busby got drunk and went to Auty’s house where a further argument took place with the result that Busby strangled Auty. Busby was subsequently hanged on gallows erected outside his local pub. Before he died, it is said that Busby put a curse on the chair.
The name of the inn was changed to The Busby Stoop and the landlord acquired Busby’s chair which stood in the bar for many years. The chair acquired a sinister reputation and people would sit in it for a dare. It is said that four people died from accidents after sitting in the chair and during the second world war, many airmen who had sat in the chair failed to return from bombing raids.
Busby’s chair is now an exhibit in the museum at Thirsk.
The pub serves real ale and good food.
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