The grounds of Battlesden House, since demolished, are said to be haunted by the restless ghost of a dishonest steward. He is heard rattling milk pails and crying:
Milk and water sold I ever,
Weight and measure I gave never,
And I shan’t rest, never, never!
The story belongs to a group of international tales concerning ‘The unforgiven dead’, ghosts still atoning for crimes committed during their lives. The dishonest steward is one of several ghosts who confess to selling watered milk. A ghost with a similar ‘cry’ is Old Molly Lee at Burslem, Staffordshire.