the stocks,

Category: Things | Type: Historical | Title: Great Expectations (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: Chapter XLII

The stocks were a less harsh punishment than the pillory, in which people died. It was largely abolished in 1816 and then formally terminated in 1837. The last person to be pilloried occurred seven years before. Although the stocks were rarely employed after the first quarter of the century, they survived legally until 1872. 

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