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Stocks
(Punishment for Minor Offenders)

Description :- 
The stocks were a mild medieval restraining device for minor offenders
Details :-
They usually consist of two pieces of wood or iron, hinged at one corner with a lock at the other. The two planks have holes cut so that an offenders ankles were locked in place when the stocks are closed.
Use :-
stocks have been used from Anglo-Saxon times until 1837 as a means of punishing minor offences such as drunkenness, resisting a constable or drinking alcohol during church services. The offender was forced to sit with his ankles imprisoned for a specified number of hours as decreed by the magistrate. Unlike the pillory, his hands were free to defend himself from the crowd. In 1405 a law was passed that required every town and village to have a set of stocks, usually placed by the side of a public highway or village green, some examples still exist in the area but are unused.

Villages Referenced

Marden  -   (Broadcloth and Agriculture)
Ninfield  -   (Last of the Iron Stocks)
Wittersham  -   (Park your Airship here ?)

 
       
 
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