Wallingford Stocks and Pillory

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Overview

Nation   England

County   Oxfordshire

Location   Market Place, near the Town Hall,  Wallingford

Map location   exact or closely approximate

Year opened   Unknown

Year closed   c.1830

Century of Operation   1700-1799, 1800-1899

Building Type   Stocks, whipping post and pillory

Remarks   Moved to Wallingford Castle before 1899. Present location unknown. Wallingford was originally in Berkshire but was transferred to Oxfordshire in 1974

Description

'In the middle ages frequently a pillory, whipping-post, and stocks were combined, and we give a picture of a good example from Wallingford, Berkshire. [see image below] It will be observed that they are planned to hold four delinquents, namely, one in the pillory, one at the whipping-post, and two in the stocks. They stood near the town hall, in the market-place, down to about the year 1830, when the pillory and whipping-post were taken down. The stocks remained for a few years longer to remind the tippler of his fate, if he overstepped the bounds of temperance and was caught drunk. In course of time they fell into disuse, and were finally presented by the Corporation to Mr. J. Kirby Hedges, of Wallingford Castle, the historian of the ancient town. He informs us that there was a pillory at Wallingford in 1231, and probably earlier.'

William Andrews, 'Bygone Punishments'. London: William Andrews & Co., 1899.

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  • Pillory, Whipping-Post and Stocks, WallingfordWilliam Andrews, 'Bygone Punishments'. London: William Andrews & Co., 1899.

SOURCES

    William Andrews, 'Bygone Punishments'. London: William Andrews & Co., 1899.

  • http://www.gutenberg.org/files/29117/29117-h/29117-h.htm

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