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Stocks at Stanton Harcourt
Image title: Stocks at Stanton Harcourt
Source: Cassell: “The British Isles” (1905)
Place shown: Stanton Harcourt, Oxfordshire, England
Keywords: punishments, stocks, greyscale
Status: public domain in the USA, out of copyright in Canada, hence royalty-free stock image for all purposes and no usage credit required


“Stanton Harcourt still preserves the stocks in which petty offenders were held in ludicrous durance. (p. 120)”

People were forced to sit with their ankles locked into the wooden holes so that their feet protruded, sometimes for days at a time. People passing by would ridicule them, steal their clothes or throw things at them. Deaths from thrown objects were not unheard of: if the stocks included a pillory for holding the neck, the victim could not evade the missiles.

In a small village, though, ridicule, discomfort and humiliation seem the most likely.

I also made a more romantic sepia-tinted photograph version of this image.

Dimensions: 70 x 54mm (2.8 x 2.1 inches)
Filename: 120-Stocks-at-Stanton-Harcourt-q75-500x375.jpg
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