The collection of local anecdotes collected from members of Women’s Institutes in the
1950s includes a standing joke against the people of Stanney as being timid simpletons.
Allegedly, they were so terrified by a duck which used to wander down the lane towards
Stoak that nobody dared go that way. Eventually a band of men ambushed it, cut its head
off, and buried it at the top of Stoak Lane. But things only grew worse, for now the ghost
of the duck haunts the lane, waddling past without a head.
Haunted England : The Penguin Book of Ghosts – Written by Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson –
Copyright © Jennifer Westwood and Jacqueline Simpson 2005, 2008