Thomas had come home, to a Bolton where the pillory was still a force, where unrest and distress were still to be overcome.
The pillory was a set of stocks that imprisoned head and arms and was used to humiliate petty offenders, who would be insulted and perhaps pelted with mud by passers-by.
She was sentenced to the pillory and to have the offending tapestry burned before her eyes.
John Frost's 1793 trial opens a discussion of spatial shifts from the civilized sociability of the coffee house to the courts, prison, and the pillory .
The 1563 Act also set out the penalty for causing illness by witchcraft: a year's imprisonment plus four appearances in the pillory .
The Foes were Dissenters, Protestants who did not belong to the Anglican Church, and Daniel's ironic attack on the church landed him a three-day stretch in the pillory .
Minor criminals might also be punished in the village or manor by whipping, the stocks, or the pillory .
The feeling against these figures was not something whipped up by the print publishers and it is worth pointing out that in May 1796 these women were threatened with the pillory by the judge Lord Kenyon.
The pillory was occasionally used as a penalty for free people, as for instance in the case of Samuel Thornton, a carpenter sentenced to spend four hours in the pillory in Kingston for his participation in a fraud.
But he puts it from him as a temptation of the Evil One, makes public confession on the pillory which had been the scene of Hester's shame, and dies in her arms.