Image: Juan francisco garcia

In a museum in North Yorkshire, England, a chair hangs ominously from the wall. Like a man hanging from the gallows, this sinister piece of furniture casts a dark shadow across the museum floor. But there’s a terrifying rationale for its current position, and a chilling reason that no one is allowed to sit in it.

Image: Tim Green

Thirsk Museum might not be as well known as the Science and Natural History museums, not least because it’s situated in a small market town 225 miles north of London. Nevertheless, the converted house contains many interesting exhibits that document the history of Thirsk and its inhabitants. But there’s one artefact that particularly stands out.

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