The following account of the story is extracted from‘Legends Superstitions of the County of Durham’ by William Brockie (1886). ‘Mr. Hylton Longstaffe relates that a farmer of Staindrop was one night crossing a bridge near that place, when a cat jumped out, stood before him, and looking him full in the face, said "Johnny Reed, Johnny Reed!
Specific Location: Staindrop
Raby Castle, which currently sits in a 200 acre deerpark, was built in the mid 14th century by John Neville, 3rd Baron Neville de Raby, (Born circa.1337 – Died 17 October 1388) a Knight of the Garter who had served as Admiral of the North and Steward to the Kings Household.