One morning in February 1772 Ann Webster, the wife of a Calverton wheelwright, decided to go to Nottingham market with her butter and eggs. She was accompanied, on horseback, with one of her neighbours.
On the way a very heavy fall of snow, with an arctic like wind, began in the early afternoon. At around 5pm, they came to the opinion that it would be best to return to the village.
With great difficulty they persuaded their reluctant horses to face the icy wind. They both managed to reach a point about one mile from home. But by this time Ann was very fatigued, she told her friend to go into the village and fetch her some assistance.
The neighbour reached Calverton - two men raced on their horses to aid Mrs Webster. Unfortunately they took the wrong turning and therefore did not find Ann or her horse.
The next morning, the poor woman was found stone cold dead. She was still holding the bridle of her horse in her frozen hands. Her corpse was found on a road known locally as Redgates Hill.
Mrs Webster's tombstone can be found in St. Wilfrid's Church Yard.
What the tombstone reads: Leith in hopes of a joyful resurrection the body of Elizabeth ye wife of John Webster who was unfortunately starved to death in the snow february the (1st) In the year of our Lord 177(2) In the 48th year of her age.