Doug Wall

Doug Wall

Posted on 01/10/2016


Photo taken on January 10, 2016



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The Canterbury Ducking Stool

The Canterbury Ducking Stool
In this photo you can see a ducking Stool, a remnant from Medieval times. It hangs over the River Stour, next to the Old Weavers House. It was basically used for any of three purposes:

1. A punishment for nagging wives. A man could pay for his nagging wife to be dipped into the river on the ducking stool who would suffer a degree of public humiliation at the same time.

2. As a punishment and public embarrassment for cheating businessmen.

3. As a test for witches. Any woman accused of being a witch would be placed in the chair, and the chair would be swung out over the river and then submerged deep in the river for 2-3 minutes. After that time, the woman would be brought back to the surface. If she survived this lengthy ducking then clearly she was a witch as she must have used her powers to survive the fatal dowsing. If so, she would be burned at the stake as a witch. If, however, the woman was dead after being submerged for a few minutes, then clearly she was not a witch. Her family would receive an apology letter from the Church and could be given a Christian burial and have her soul recommended to God.

Clearly, they were very enlightened times.

Since the stool is still there, I could think of a fourth use : Ducking politicians to see if they are telling the truth.

Mmm. Then there are bankers, estate agents, lawyers.......

Les's Photography AKA aligeeach, William Sutherland, ╰☆☆June☆☆╮, Don Barrett (aka DBs travels) and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo


19 comments - The latest ones
Anne-Marie(Minus)
Anne-Marie(Minus)
très belle image ... belle réussite
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Anne-Marie(Minus)
Thanks Anne-Marie.
19 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Wonderful architecture; very well captured.
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Jaap van 't Veen
Thank you Jaap.
19 months ago.
John Lawrence
John Lawrence
Agaiv a place I used to see every day, like your idea about the politicians!!!
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to John Lawrence
Yes, May encourage them to give a straight answer!
19 months ago.
Keith Burton
Keith Burton
Cracking image Doug, with interesting history lesson - enlightened times indeed..........although I also like your ideas for further use and can think of several more categories!
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Keith Burton
Ha, and bring back the stocks too!
19 months ago.
Martin Humphreys
Martin Humphreys
Great shot Doug.
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Martin Humphreys
Thanks Martin.
19 months ago.
Nylonbleu
Nylonbleu
I was there some years ago, w,hat a wonderful historical place
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Nylonbleu
Not on the ducking stool I hope ;-)
19 months ago.
Nylonbleu has replied to Doug Wall
what is the ducking stool ?
19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to Nylonbleu
As in the description under the photo: mainly as a punishment for wives who nagged their husbands too much. Great idea, but not used now I'm afraid ;-)
19 months ago.
Nylonbleu has replied to Doug Wall
OH god, and what is there for the husbands ? (who as everybody knows are usualy more prone to succomb :o)))
19 months ago.
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
╰☆☆June☆☆╮
mmm the list could go on lol.

Your beautiful capture was admired in Historical & Architectural Gems.
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19 months ago.
Doug Wall has replied to ╰☆☆June☆☆╮
Indeed. I have already thought of more :-)
19 months ago.
William Sutherland
William Sutherland
Superb shot!

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19 months ago.
Les's Photography AKA aligeeach
Les's Photography AK…
Thank you for posting this excellent image into the group it is reflecting beautifully in The Little Pond .
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