Friday, 9 October 2015

Punishment central to village

A set of 'stocks' in Warslow

A set of 'stocks' sits in the centre of Warslow village.  It's thought that these probably date to the nineteenth century, but no one knows for sure.
Stocks were a gentler form of punishment than pillory or ... gulp ... gibbet, and were more meant as a medium of public humiliation. 

But I wonder why the good folk of Warslow like to use a form of punishment as a centre-piece for their village?  Perhaps they hope the stocks will act as a silent deterrent to any baddies.

1 comment:

  1. One wonders. I can think of one or two people I wouldn't mind set in the stocks for a little while.