Photographer's Note

Winter's Gibbet stands on the moor over the village of Elsdon in Northumberland.

In 1791, one William Winter was convicted of the murder of Margaret Crozier, a local woman who lived in the vicinity of Elsdon village. He was hanged for his crime at Westgate in Newcastle, and his body returned to the village, where it was hung from the gibbet.

After some time, the remains of the corpse were taken down and buried, and a wooden effigy put up in its place, of which only the head now remains. Local superstition had it that a splinter of wood from the gibbet could be used to cure toothache.

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