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The stocks were last used in the UK in Newbury on June 11, 1872



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Stocks are feet restraining devices that were used as a form of corporal punishment and public humiliation from medieval to early modern times.

They are believed to have last been used in the UK in Newbury on June 11, 1872, when Mark Tuck was sentenced to four hours for drunkenness.

The stocks were large wooden boards with hinges and were distinguished by their restraint of the feet.

Stocks in Sulham
Stocks in Sulham

The boards were placed around the ankles and wrists.

Victims were often insulted, kicked, tickled, spat on, or subjected to other abusive acts.

The Newbury Weekly News was launched five years before Mr Tuck's spell in the stocks.



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