The man who sold his wife!
IN the 19th century it was difficult - if not impossible - to get a divorce.
It was only obtainable by a personal Act of Parliament.
So one John Turton, of Emley, decided to take matters into his own hands. He sold his wife, Mary, for two half- crowns to William Kaye, of Scissett.
This buying and selling - like much of the buying and selling in Emley over the years - took place at the market cross.
Unfortunately, or fortunately, for Turton, when Kaye died his former wife returned home, where they lived together happily - or unhappily - for a further 30 years!