The Green, Thornborough, Buckinghamshire

The Green, Thornborough, Buckinghamshire
Photograph taken 1880 - 1920 © Reproduced by permission of Historic England Archive ref: op14330

The village green and bridge. The village stocks are to the left. A statute of 1351 had made it law for every township to provide and maintain a set of stocks. They were used to punish people who were guilty of petty (less serious) crimes. They varied in design. Here they would have sat on a bench with their legs in the holes for a set amount of time. Often other villagers made fun of them or threw things like rotten fruit at them. The photograph was taken for the Victoria County History project.

Location

Buckinghamshire Thornborough

Period

Medieval (Middle Ages) (1066 - 1484)

Tags

crime punishment law village