No Lesson Learnt

This is a rare account of an actual use of the ducking stool which every parish had to provide and maintain initially for fraudulent measures by brewers and bakers, but they converted to fines, so the punishment is now associated with rowdy women. This is from 1811:

Last week a woman notorious for her vocification, was indicted for a common scold, at Kingston; the facts being fully proven, she was sentenced to receive the old punishment of being ducked, which was acted upon her in the @Thames by proper officers, in a chair preserved in the town for the purpose and as if to prove the justice of the Court’s schema, on her return from the water side, she fell upon her acquaintance, without provocation, with tongue, tooth and nail, and would, had not the officers intervened, have a second punishment even before she was dry from the first.

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