Defence Against the Pillory

There are cases where the pillory was so dangerous, when those exposed there were so hated by the crowd they were at risk of being stoned to death. Here are some men who came prepared, From 1804:

*This morning John & Michael Hedges, contractors for supplying Woolwich Dockyard, convicted last week of fraud and speculation to an enormous extent, were exposed on the pillory, erected in front of Somerset House. The culprits wore great coats and hairy caps which nearly covered the upper parts of the face. A large circle was kept of Peace Officers and no molestation was offered by the population. They still have to pay the £500 each and be imprisoned for 6 months.


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