'Joseph Hedley was found murdered behind a locked door in his modest cottage in 1826. The case attracted attention and notoriety for the brutality of the crime, preserving the name of this quiet man known to his neighbours for producing fine hand stitched quilts, but it was never solved...'
Heavy snowfall during the days between Joe's death and the discovery of his body in his tiny home, Homer House, near Warden in Northumberland, meant a lot of exterior evidence was lost, apart from some bloodstains on the front door and a pair of discarded clogs.
There is a reproduction of Homer House at Beamish Museum in County Durham,. When I saw it I though how beautiful and idyllic it looked - until I found out it's macabre story, and I have tried to capture my storybook first impression of the place whilst giving clues to it's dark truth.