Sunday 19 December 2010: Cold Comfort
These are the famous Stocks in Poulton-le-Fylde. Dating back to the 18th century they were used for offenders in detention, who suffered the indignity and humiliation of being pelted with rotten eggs and vegetables whilst secured within them. The bottom of the Market Cross (dating back to 17th Century) provides the seat for the Stocks
and was a sign in mediaeval England that even in business and punishment the church had overall control and was placed high up so all could see and be reminded of Christianity. Ouch!