Tuesday 7 May 2013

The ghost of Mrs. Payne (field recording), 1975

The mayor has decided that it's time to hear more from Scarfolk's audio archive.

This post refers to a previous one about the disappearance of primary school music teacher Mrs. Payne whose body was found encased inside an ancient standing stone (go here for more detail)

Forensic examination of the stone revealed that it had originated more than 300 miles away and historians could not ascertain how prehistoric man had transported it to Scarfolk, much less how Mrs Payne had found her way into a 300 million year old rock. The police reported it as a chance accident.

When the stone was broken into chunks and sold as 'Payne's Pain' souvenirs in the Scarfolk gift shop, purchasers began hearing ghostly music in their homes. Additionally, the music was heard at the stone circle where Mrs. Payne's body was found, as well as at the geological site of the stone's origin.

The souvenirs were recalled and buried at the centre of the stone circle in Scarfolk fields, now the only location where the music can still be heard, but only on the anniversary of the death of Payne's husband who found himself unexpectedly dismembered during a pagan ritual competition for the under 10s.

This is a field recording made from the stone circle.


  1. There was a documentary on some human remains found at Stonehenge the other day. I didn't watch all of it but from what I skimmed of it the skeletons had suffered from a tooth infection that may have eventually caused their deaths. Evidence indicated the individuals had travelled from Europe and archaeologists surmised they had travelled to Stonehenge for some kind of treatment. So the riddle of the standing stones has finally been solved - the Druids built a dental practice!

    Perhaps Mrs Payne needed a filling?

  2. Oh, thank goodness. My mother borrowed Mrs Payne's electric handmixer about two days before the disappearance. We're wondering if we should just donate the mixer to the local Oxfam charity shop or bury it next to the stone circle.

  3. Lovely sounds...

  4. Now we know what 3M stands for (Minnesota Mining Manufacturing). Handy for pub quizzes that one.