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The Manacle…

… for unruly diners in the Banqueting Hall at Haddon Hall.


This manacle was used as a punishment for those who did not “drink fayre” – a medieval custom whereby those that did not drink their quota of ale were considered a potential threat – and the ale not consumed was poured down the offender’s sleeve. It was also used for restraining unruly revellers. *


*From a sign board next to the manacle

12 Comments CherryPie on Aug 11th 2018

12 Responses to “The Manacle…”

  1. Hels says:

    That must have been the strangest bit of local law you have found!

  2. Astrid says:

    That is something else, nowadays they don’t know what to do to make them drink not as much as they should and back then…. “in the irons” and punish…. that is the world upside down :D
    Love the woodwork.

  3. Alan says:

    I think such devices would have a use in today’s society – but for the opposite reasons!

  4. Basically it’s like a lock-up?

    Funny I came across lots of them in the West Country, particularly in Wiltshire and Somerset.

  5. I’ve never heard of one of those – your post is so interesting. Will have to look out for one when on my travels.

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