"We're All Mad Here…."
A recent enquiry at Buxton Museum prompted my discovery of a very peculiar item. Despite working at the museum for nearly two decades, I was unaware that the collections contained something known as The Sheldon Duck. A quick check of the museum database confirmed that we did indeed have a photographic print of said creature, along with its story. I’m sure that you will be astonished as I am to learn of this lesser-known Derbyshire legend. Whether or not modern science can support such a remarkable claim is another matter; I shall merely present it to you so you may judge for yourself.
The text in the print reads:
A Sheldon tradition, now nearly 300 years old is verified from Ashford-in-the-Water, as to a duck having been seen flying towards an ash tree in that village, which it entered, and from that moment mysteriously disappeared. Sheldon is a small hamlet…
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