Apparently Tom Lee had been friends with Dr Petty and they had been out together to a cockfight (cockfights were popular in these days - thank goodness not any more). The next day Dr Petty was reported missing. Tom Lee was detained, in fact twice and released through lack of evidence. A few weeks went by until Dr Petty's body was found in a local river.
Tom Lee was eventually charged with his murder and taken to York. He was found guilty and was hung. His body was then afterwards hung in Grass Wood!
This is the plaque on the wall of Tom Lee's house.
Murder is not a local custom here in Grassington, but in the late 1700's Tom Lee who lived here then did exactly that. Some reports say that it happened in 1779 and some say 1766. I dont know which is correct.
However, it is reported that Tom Lee did in fact murder a local physican named Dr. Petty.
This was the house where Tom Lee lived, which is just on the main street past the market square.
Not sure whether I would class this as culteral, but along with other activities going on, there is also a Punch and Judy show. I suppose with the residents dressing in dickensian costume, (meaning from the time of Charles Dickens), that Punch and Judy must have been around in the same era. For those of you who do not know what Punch and Judy is, well I am not an expert. But they are wooden puppets, operated by someone inside the hut. There is Mr Punch and his wife Judy, they also have a baby, there is also a policeman. Mr Punch continually waves a wooden bat around, hitting Judy on the head, the baby gets dropped quite a few times. Mr Punch shouts 'Thats the way to do it', dont know whether this is to do with hitting his wife on the head or not, and the policeman arrives to arrest him! Strange isnt it? but children seem to love it!!!
I think there is a moral to all this, not that you shouldnt hit your wife on the head or you will get arrested, but something else. I will try to find out, unless you know and can tell me. :-)
This is Mr Punch in close up :-)