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.