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!
by Helen Hooker November. 24, 2009 4691 views