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Investigating an historic 'murder most foul' in Surfleet, near Spalding




It was while wandering around St Laurence Church in Surfleet that a headstone grabbed the attention of Stuart Henderson.

The stone, on the south side of the graveyard, reads: ‘This stone is erected in memory of Mr Samuel Stockton late of Ashley in the Parish of Leigh and County of Lancaster who was most barbarously murdered near this place on the 8th December 1768 for which one Philip Hooton was tried and condemned in Lincoln Assizes, and afterwards executed and hung in chains on the very place where the deed was committed.’

It led Mr Henderson on a journey of investigation into a tale of murder and mystery.



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