Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond

Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond
On arrival in the Dorset town of Christchurch I was intrigued by a sign directing me to the Ducking Stool. I set off down a narrow lane beside Ye Olde George Inn, the oldest pub in the town. Originally called the George and Dragon this old coach house was built during the fifteenth century. In the early eighteenth century the old timber framed building was refaced with brick. Princess Victoria who later became Queen Victoria rested her horses here when she visited the Priory. 

The Ducking Stool is not original although its replica is close to its original site. A general misconception of the ducking stool relates to the identification of witches but it is unlikely it was ever used for this purpose in Britain. It was used to punish and publicly ridicule scolds. They were women who were found guilty of verbal abuse, brawling and general anti-social behaviour. The miscreant was tied to a chair which was attached to a beam and positioned over water. She would then be raised ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: Christchurch - A Dorset Diamond
Guide Location: England » Christchurch
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Ye Olde George Inn   Ducking Stool   Christchurch Castle   Kings Arms Hotel   Jonathon Sells of Corfe Castle   New Forest Perfumery and Tea Rooms   Red House Museum   Boathouse  
Author: Valery Collins
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