For sale - Margo Grimshaw's wooden stocks

Margo Grimshaw wants to sell her stocks to Samlesbury Hall

Margo Grimshaw wants to sell her stocks to Samlesbury Hall

First published in News

AS a Lancashire Telegraph columnist, Margo Grimshaw has often made her views known about law and order.

But now the lady of Toad Hall, near Samlesbury, has come up with an old-fashioned method of punishment for drunken revellers in Blackburn centre - a pair of original wooden stocks.

The stocks, which have held pride of place in her garden for the past 30 years, are now being offered for sale at Samlesbury Hall.

She said: “They could be a brilliant deterrent. I do believe that they used to belong to the corporation many years ago, so we could re-introduce them into Blackburn with Darwen town centre and anyone who causes trouble on a Saturday night could be put in them.

“I’m sure people would be queueing up to throw wet sponges at them.”

Margo bought the stocks in a sale at Samlesbury Hall to entertain friends and family over the years. She added: “I’ve offered the stocks to the hall because I don’t want them to fall into disrepair.

"They are still in brilliant condition despite having been out in all weathers. I’ve no idea how old they are. They could be as much as 500 years old, but they’re definitely authentic. I want them to be appreciated by people, that’s why I’m offering them to Samlesbury Hall.”

Stocks were used as a form of physical punishment and humiliation until 1872.

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4:04pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Graham Hartley says...

Is this a serious view - that we should return to the custom of such public punishment? If we allow this, can we have anyone we fancy hung, guillotined, drawn and quartered, trialled as a witch? This woman could be first on a long list - or last, to allow her time to contemplate the folly of proclaiming such views.
Is this a serious view - that we should return to the custom of such public punishment? If we allow this, can we have anyone we fancy hung, guillotined, drawn and quartered, trialled as a witch? This woman could be first on a long list - or last, to allow her time to contemplate the folly of proclaiming such views. Graham Hartley
  • Score: -5

8:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

Mr Banford says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
Is this a serious view - that we should return to the custom of such public punishment? If we allow this, can we have anyone we fancy hung, guillotined, drawn and quartered, trialled as a witch? This woman could be first on a long list - or last, to allow her time to contemplate the folly of proclaiming such views.
i hope its serious! bring back stocks and cut the hands off thieves because the current system is not working!
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: Is this a serious view - that we should return to the custom of such public punishment? If we allow this, can we have anyone we fancy hung, guillotined, drawn and quartered, trialled as a witch? This woman could be first on a long list - or last, to allow her time to contemplate the folly of proclaiming such views.[/p][/quote]i hope its serious! bring back stocks and cut the hands off thieves because the current system is not working! Mr Banford
  • Score: 8

10:03pm Fri 25 Jul 14

juanbbien says...

Should bring back branding the thieves with a T on their foreheads
Should bring back branding the thieves with a T on their foreheads juanbbien
  • Score: 5

9:18am Sat 26 Jul 14

Sam Hall says...

The stocks are NOT for sale at Samlesbury Hall. Mrs Grimshaw kindly offered to donate them last week and the Hall is awaiting further instructions. As yet Samlesbury Hall have no link at all with the stocks but will keep them if Mrs Grimshaws promise to donate comes through.
The stocks are NOT for sale at Samlesbury Hall. Mrs Grimshaw kindly offered to donate them last week and the Hall is awaiting further instructions. As yet Samlesbury Hall have no link at all with the stocks but will keep them if Mrs Grimshaws promise to donate comes through. Sam Hall
  • Score: 3

4:00pm Sat 26 Jul 14

karltop says...

who does this woman think she is? No one cares.
who does this woman think she is? No one cares. karltop
  • Score: 5

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