Bygone Punishments

Pictures from Bygone Punishments by William Andrews (1848 – 1908), London, 1931

William Andrews appears to have had his own publishing company, and produced quite a number of books on the subject of local history and quaint interest. Bygone Punishments first appeared in 1899; the first edition is out of copyright. I accidentally bought a later edition, and have therefore marked this as not for commercial use.

I also have a copy of his Curiosities of the Church and Historic Byways and Highways of Old England.

“My father hated intolerance and cruelty, and whenever public opinion, horrified by some crime, called for the ruthlessness of the lash and the scaffold, he was quick to point out the warning from the past that angry and revengeful punishment creates more ills than it cures.” (p. viii, preface to the second edition)

[picture: Front cover, Bygone Punishments]

Front cover, Bygone Punishments

A plain dark blue book cover. But people don’t often scan the plain covers, so here it is.

[picture: Anglo-Saxon Punishments]

Anglo-Saxon Punishments

“Stocks were used, at an early period, as a means of punishing breakers of the law. The precise date when they were first emplyed in this country is not known, but we may infer from early mediaeval illustrations that the stocks were in general use amongst the Anglo-Saxons, for they often figure in drawings of their public places. The picture we give [...] [more...]

[picture: Taunting Persons in the Stocks.]

Taunting Persons in the Stocks.

“The “Cambridge Trinity College Psalter”—an illuminated manuscript—presents some curious illustrations of the manners of the earlier half of the twelth century. We give a reproduction of one of its quaint pictures. Two men are in the stocks; one, it will be seen, is held by one leg only, and the other by both, and a couple of persons are taunting them in their time of trouble. [more...]

[picture: Waltham Abbey Whipping-Posts and Stocks.]

Waltham Abbey Whipping-Posts and Stocks.

The Anglo-Saxons whipped prisoners with a whip of three cords, knotted at the end. It was not an uncommon practice for mistresses to whip, or have their servants whipped, to death. William of Malmesbury relates a story to the effect that when King Ethelred was a child, he on one occasion displeased his mother, and she, not having a whip at hand, flogged [...] [more...]

[picture: Stocks and Whipping Post, Aldbury]

Stocks and Whipping Post, Aldbury

Stocks and whiping-post, Aldbury, from a photo by A. Whitford Anderson, Esq., Watford. [more...]



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