A most macabre tomb in Lincoln Cathedral

A most macabre tomb in Lincoln Cathedral

Originally posted on Flickering Lamps:
At first, it looks like just another effigy.  A man in bishop’s robes carved in stone lies in peaceful repose, one hand raised in blessing, his head guarded by an angel.  But beneath the effigy is another figure – shockingly, this is the figure of a rotting corpse, wrapped only…

In the Good Old Days in Somerset

In Collinson’s History of Somerset, the full singular presentment & Order made by the Lord of the Manor of Severberges, in the 2nd year of Rich III, 2 women viz Arabella the wife of William Perry, and Alionora Slade, were presented for being scolds and fined 1d each which 2d were the whole perquisites of … Continue reading

A Scold Too Far

HEre’s a short piece that makes me glad I live now. Because before divorce was widely available, many people were forced to live together even when they were clearly incompatible. This is a sad case of one man: 1736 7 August, yesterday Edwin  a Gardener attempted to hang himself on a tree on Chelsea Common, … Continue reading

A Difficult Woman, a Difficult Case

Here’s another piece from my research on scolding wives, which points to the problems in dealing with such matters. It is also interesting how other women support this ‘tyger’. I wonder what was actually going on. This is from 1732:  Yesterday a woman commonly called the Tyger of Westminster, was tryed at the ¼ sessions at … Continue reading

A Scold Punished

I’ve been trawling the newspaper archives for cases of scolding women as this seems to be such a minor matter, hardly worthy of dealing with the authorities, but there were cases where they kept whole neighbourhoods up all night shouting and screaming. Some were drunks, others just really really p**d off, though we seldom discover … Continue reading

Drunkard’s Cloak

I hate regional stereotypes, but the folk of Newcastle are fond of their drink, and it seems they always have – this is from an Irish newspaper of 1846: Drunkard’s Cloak-  a large cask/barrel, with the bottom taken out, holes in the top and sides, was passed over the body of the ‘jolly god’ so … Continue reading

In Praise of the Scold’s Bridle

A while ago I did a post on the horrors of this, aka the brank, regarded now as an isntrument of torture, but here is a man praising it: Dr Plott in History of Staffordshire “They have an artifice at Newcastle-under-Lyne and Walsall for correcting the scolds, which it does so effectually, and so safely, … Continue reading

Scolds Preventing Marriages

I am intrigued by this piece, as it is one of the best arguments I can imagine for making divorce available. It has a ring of veracity to it, and explains why there were so many batchelors in the 18th and 19th century when there were so many women desperate for marriage. It is also … Continue reading