A circumstance that is well remembered in the locality is, perhaps, worth repeating here. One evening a man set out for an adjoining village, carrying a couple of kegs, slung over his shoulders by a string. Next morning he was found a corpse. In attempting to pass a stile or fence, the cord had slipped round his neck and by the weight of the barrels he was strangled.

The Watering Places of Cleveland. Samuel Gordon. 1869