Gretton: the good and the bad

In Gretton there is a village green that features an impressive war memorial, it is unusual in that it records all of the seventy two men who served in WW1 and returned, as well as the thirty five men who lost their lives – the names of the dead are picked out in gold. My attention is drawn to the name Tee Boon – one unfamiliar to me, it lists one Tee Boon as dead, whilst six survived. I assume they were all related.  Friendship regiments meant that people from the same village were allowed to serve together, hence why some villages suffered dramatic losses.

On the same village green is a fenced area that protects the original village stocks and whipping post – these are apparently some of the last remaining in the country. A sign informs us that the last recorded use of the stocks was in 1857 for drunkenness! This did start me thinking about how long someone would be held in the stocks – further research found that: Public humiliation was a major part of punishment in stocks and pillories. These would always be sited in the most public place available, for example the market square or village green. In small communities, those being punished would be well known to everyone else, thereby increasing their shame. The physical discomfort of being confined for long periods in stocks or pillories should not be discounted. People could be left in the stocks for days, even weeks, in all weather. Being stuck in the same position would become very uncomfortable after only a few hours.

 

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2 comments

  1. The gold detailing is interesting and perhaps something for us to consider?? – layering and giving significance to particular details? I’m really liking all the additional facts you have found – a story of the seen, the read and the remembered is emerging – could this be the front and back of pages? or the inside and outside? or a book of layered pages??

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  2. Again, you have a succinct way of summarising what its emerging! the seen, the read and the remembered sums it up perfectly – and is what I was trying to say in a comment on your most recent post. I am finding it intriguing to delve as a deep as possible into the lives of the past inhabitants. The BBC has a section on their website that has fascinated me all morning – it has recorded memories from each county of life during WW2 – anything from being a child evacuee to land girls to doodle bugs overhead. It is rich with detail and gives a true sense of what it was like to live through that particular period. I have found connection to a place on my section of the walk so far.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/categories/c1139/index_6.shtml

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