Thomas Busby has his favorite chair inside his Busby Stoop Inn located at Kirby Wiske in Thirsk, North Yorkshire, England. He was married to Elizabeth, a daughter of currency counterfeiter Daniel Awety in 1700s. Awety and Busby became partners in the counterfeiting trade. However, the two men usually got into arguments because of Busby’s drinking sprees. Awety did not want the man for his daughter.
One ill-fated night, the two had a quarrel over Awety sitting on Busby’s favorite chair. Awety left but Busby followed him in Danottyn Hall. He murdered Awety using a hammer and hid the body.
Busby was later convicted and was sentenced to death. Before he was sent to the gallows, he requested for a last drink at his inn while sitting on his favorite chair. When he finished, he said “May sudden death come to anyone who dare sit in my chair.”
From then on, the ghost of Busby troubled the inn and near the hangman scaffold. Further, there were reports of people who sat in Busby’s “haunted” chair who met their untimely deaths afterwards.
In 1800s, a story circulated about a chimney sweeper who occupied the Busby Stoop chair and was found dead the next morning on a gatepost next to the old hangman gibbet. A roofer passed away when the roof he was working collapsed. A cleaning woman perished after she slipped while mopping the floor.
During the WWII, two airport pilots from a nearby base sat on the chair. While they were driving back to their base, they crashed into a tree and died. Many airmen from the nearby airfield lost their lives after having sat in the chair. It was said all who did would not return home from the war. The pub owner worried about the cursed chair moved it to the basement so that nobody can sit on it. However, a delivery man who was in the basement sat on it. He crashed his truck and died.
The chair was turned over to the local museum and in the hopes to avert the curse, the chair was hung five feet from the ground. Nevertheless, the museum has accounts of haunting experiences of people who see the furniture including extreme itching, paranoia, hearing things, and confusion. Staff at the museum felt items being moved and seen written warnings on mirrors and walls in addition to many other strange activities.