Ducking-stool


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DUCKING-STOOL, punishment. An instrument used, in dipping women in the water, as a punishment, on conviction of being common scolds. It is sometimes confounded with tumbrel. (q.v.)
     2. This barbarous punishment was never in use in Pennsylvania. 12 Serg. & Rawle, 220.

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So rare and cherished is the Leominster ducking-stool that it led to a further spell of anxiety in 1999.
Or why not by a clockwork ducking-stool that lifted up and down as the hours whirled round?
No reason at all, except that a touch of political correctness rose up, and concern that the ducking-stool, and all it stood for, should not be celebrated in the 21st century.
In the meantime, the only ducking-stool in Leominster is the real one, standing unused in the north aisle of the Priory
The 15ft Leominster ducking-stool was mounted on wheels so it could be moved around the town in the search for victims; Wayward wenches were dunked; Leominster Priory is home to the ducking-stool