An instrument of punishment that consisted of a wooden frame set on a post. There were holes set in the wooden frame in which the prisoner's head and hands were secured, similar to the stocks. It was found to be ineffective as a punishment and its use was abolished in England in 1837.
Related term(s): Stocks; Ordeal
Category: Government and Law
Last modified: 08.06.05
Contributor(s): Alan Chanter
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