The Deadless Horseman (UN-C-819)
Early February 1704, the people of Lower Binton were busy preparing for the beginning of the pagan festival of Imbolc. (See evidence) For the majority, the winter festival centred on the lighting of fires in a celebration of the increasing strength of the sun, but for the privileged few, the celebration began each year in the form of a grand masquerade ball held by the Earl of Binton Manor.
It was long past midnight before the ball finally concluded, and Lord Robert Barton, an eligible bachelor not yet thirty five, made his way out of the great manor house.
The company had been excellent and the drinks plentiful, and Barton, who enjoyed no responsibilities in life, had ensured that he had his fill of both.
Much the worse for drink; Bartonís friends manhandled him into the saddle of his large black shire horse and sent them both on their way back to his own, not inconsiderable, estate, situated in the valley below.