A Chilling History of Crime and Punishment
Paperback 96pp Illustrated
9781846741753   Product Code: 19668
In medieval Somerset, common misdemeanours were dealt with by ducking stools, stocks and even execution. In later centuries, smuggling and highway robbery kept law enforcers busy, the worst offences being punished by hanging or transportation. This survey of the county's crime and punishments ranges from medieval public humiliations to the history of the Shepton Mallet 'house of correction', now a prison for category 'C' lifers.