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.

County: Staffordshire

District: East Staffordshire (District Authority)

Parish: Croxden

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.


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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

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