What country are you waking up in this morning? And if you're far away from the land of Yorkshire puddings and Eccles cakes, how smashing would it be to experience this early morning view of the Market Cross Monument in Castle Combe, Cotswolds, England. Wonderful shot by @brianjannsenphotography who has the most amazing photographs of Britain. Great to see a different angle on this much photographed "most beautiful place in Britain"
Above us we see the market cross...but what's that, I don't hear you ask? Well, Tim. Stop talking to yourself. Okay. It was used in medieval times to mark a market square, where historically the right to hold a regular market or fair was granted by the monarch, a bishop or a baron. This cross dates from the late medieval period when Castle Combe was an important and wealthy settlement based around the cloth industry. It was repaired in 1590 by the inhabitants of the village... Now isn't that something - a repair date much older than some countries!
But of course, villages also used their market squares for other uses... such as penal stocks for punishment. Stocks have been used since the medieval days to humiliate and punish those who had committed crimes. They were deliberately situated in the most public places within the town such as the market place as humiliation was one of the main aspects of the punishment. Stocks hold their victim in place by their wrists and / or ankles so they are trapped and at the mercy of the passing crowd. People were allowed to inflict whatever they chose on the victims from insults to throwing rubbish and even tickling their feet! Now that is torture. Still, it wasn't all feet tickling. It was a grim punishment indeed.
The original penal stocks survive at Stow-on-the-Wold in the Cotswolds. In fact, many are still standing throughout the country, although thankfully no longer in use unless you publicly admit you like the taste of Marmite. Have a wonderful Sunday... I'm off to roll around on the frosty lawn..Lovely shot by @brianjannsenphotography 🇬🇧 Want your Photos of Britain to be featured? Follow us and tag us in the picture too! We feature the very best of Britain.