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Mill Garden Stocks - Mill Street, Warwick, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Master Mariner
N 52° 16.781 W 001° 35.020
30U E 596622 N 5793090
Quick Description: At the southern end of Mill Street, close to the river, there is Mill Gardens that is beautifully planted and gives great views of the river and castle but, in amongst the plants, are the stocks.
Location: West Midlands, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 7/25/2013 10:58:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMHN08
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
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Long Description:

The stocks are in Mill Garden that charges a £2 entrance fee. They are Grade II listed and the brief entry at the English Heritage website tells us:

Wooden stocks, probably C17, standing in a garden adjoining No 55.

The gardens give good views of the castle, mill and river.

The Medieval Life and Times website tells us about stocks and their use:

The Stocks

Facts and interesting information about Medieval Torture and Punishment, specifically the Stocks,
during the era

Torture and Punishment - Stocks

During the Medieval times inflicting pain and torture was an accepted form of punishment or interrogation. The cruel and pitiless torturers were induced to inflict the horrors of torture or punishment, including the Stocks, on the pitiful prisoners. Different types of torture or methods of punishment were inflicted, depending on the crime and the social status of the victim, using various methods and various types of devices or instruments.

The Law, Crime, Torture and Punishment - Stocks

There were no laws or rules to protect the treatment of prisoners who faced torture or punishment, such as the Stocks. No matter what the type of torture or punishment was used it was seen as a totally legitimate means for justice to extract confessions, obtain the names of accomplices, obtain testimonies or confessions or to impose a penalty, sanctioned by law for a wrong committed. The following description provides facts and information about the Stocks.

Facts and Information about the Stocks

The Stocks were a wooden structure formerly in use both on the continent of Europe and in Great Britain as a method of punishment for petty offences. The culprit sat on a wooden bench with his ankles, and sometimes his wrists or even neck, thrust through holes in movable boards. Punishment in the stocks generally lasted for at least several hours. During this time passers-by would throw all forms of disgusting waste at the hapless culprit. It is known that the stocks were used by the Anglo-Saxons by their often figuring in drawings of the time. The second Statute of Labourers (1350) ordered the punishment of the stocks for unruly artisans. It further ordered that stocks should be made in every town and village in England.Though never expressly abolished, the punishment of the stocks began to die out in England during the early part of the 19th century, though there is a recorded case of its use so late as 1865 at Rugby. In many of the villages in the country may still be seen well-preserved examples of stocks, in some cases with whipping posts attached.

Medieval Torture and Punishment - The Stocks

The Medieval Life and Times website provides interesting facts, history and information about the heroes and villains in this era history which scatter the Medieval History books. The Sitemap provides full details of all of the information and facts about the fascinating subject of the lives of the people who lived during the historical period of the Middle Ages. The content of this article on Stocks provides free educational details, facts and information for reference and research for schools, colleges and homework for history courses and history coursework.

Type of Device: Stocks

What is the approximate age?: 1/1/1650

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