My thanks have to go out to Carol Croucher for jogging my memory of the story about the murder of Jenny Becket.
Jane Becket, locally known as Jenny, lived alone in a very old cottage on the edge of the Berry Hill Estate. The year being 1780 . Jenny was a very poor woman who was trying to get through her later years. The un-named and unmade path to her cottage was only used by Jenny and a few others. It was whilst living in the cottage that an intruder broke in and, although it is not known how, he murdered Jenny and disappeared. The murderer was never found, but must have been quite local, for some time later , he was caught and charged for robbing a Clergyman at Calverton. As was the sentencing in the days of long ago, when he was found guilty his sentence was that he was to be transported. Whilst being transported on the sailing vessel, he admitted the crime of the murder of Jenny to one of the crew. Unfortunately , whilst aboard the vessel he died so I guess he was buried at sea. Neither his death or his name was recorded. I personally remember the stone in memory of Jenny being at the side of the still unmade Jenny Becket’s Lane. Houses were beginning to be built on the lane and as the number of houses began to increase, the Council decided to make up the road.It is here the stone in memory of Jenny Becket disappeared. Nevertheless, the name of Jenny lives on..