Greatgate Whipping Post
Heritage Category: Scheduled Monument
List Entry Number: 1006092
Date first listed: 18-Jun-1970
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The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.
District: East Staffordshire (District Authority)
National Grid Reference: SK 05577 40092
Whipping post 33m ESE of School House.
Reasons for Designation
A whipping post is a post set upright to which offenders were tied to be whipped. During the medieval period through to the 18th century corporal punishment in the form of whipping was a common sentencing by the courts. Whipping was often the punishment for vagrancy and petty larceny crimes. Punishment often took place in public places or at the local community whipping post. The whipping post 33m ESE of School House survives well and stands as a relic of this form of punishment within the local community during medieval and post medieval periods.
This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 6 July 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.
The monument includes a whipping post situated on the grass verge beside Sandy Lane in the village of Greatgate. A rectangular stone base measuring up to 1m by 0.5m and up to 0.3m thick lies horizontally on the ground and above to the far end of this stands a stone square pillar of up to 0.4m in width and stands to a height of up to 1.5m tapering slightly to a chamfered rounded top. The remnants of iron manacles are attached to the north and south sides.
The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.
Legacy System number: ST 203
Legacy System: RSM - OCN
Pastscape: 305425, HER: DST5774 and NMR: SK04SE25
This monument is scheduled under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 as amended as it appears to the Secretary of State to be of national importance. This entry is a copy, the original is held by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
End of official listing