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I decided to stop off at South Harting church on my way home from school today in search of today??s photo. In the end I got no further than the gate to the churchyard as my attention was caught by the remains of the village stocks and whipping post just outside the gates. I guess these must have stood here for many centuries, serving as a point for the punishment of wrong-doers in times past. I was rather taken with the colours and textures of the weathered padlock which currently locks them shut. I presume they are left locked up to prevent any attempts to try the stocks out for size by tipsy folk at pub closing time!

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    • # David Swatton

      I could think of plenty of people I'd like to see in stocks... most of them have the letter MP after their name. Ancient traditions are under-rated you know!

      2009.11.25 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Marsha

      Color and texture are great! Can't even imagine living in a world where they do that to people....can think of some crimes, though, where that might be an appropriate punishment!

      2009.11.24 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Lynda

      Lovely close up- you are really good at making ordinary things look special.

      2009.11.24 Edited Reply Cancel