On this day 285 years ago in 1733 the Burton Stather born Thomas Pelling, AKA
The Flying Man of Pocklington, fell from the tower of All Saints Church in Pocklington when a stunt went horribly wrong.
Pelling was a traveling showman who performed dare-devil acts across the country which included a flying man act where he would descend from high buildings on a rope dressed in a costume with bat-like wings.
He died two days after the accident with a fractured skull and was buried in the churchyard under the spot where he fell.
He is remembered on a plaque on the church and the village holds an annual Flying Man Festival.
On this day 138 years ago in 1880, Samuel Booth, 19 of the Stather built smack