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Greatgate Whipping Post

A Scheduled Monument in Croxden, Staffordshire

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Latitude: 52.9582 / 52°57'29"N

Longitude: -1.9184 / 1°55'6"W

OS Eastings: 405576.87068

OS Northings: 340091.98993

OS Grid: SK055400

Mapcode National: GBR 37X.FSZ

Mapcode Global: WHBD4.HXP2

Entry Name: Greatgate Whipping Post

Scheduled Date: 18 June 1970

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1006092

English Heritage Legacy ID: ST 203

County: Staffordshire

Civil Parish: Croxden

Traditional County: Staffordshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Staffordshire

Church of England Parish: Croxden with Hollington St Giles

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


Whipping post 33m ESE of School House.

Source: Historic England


This record was the subject of a minor enhancement on 6 July 2015. This record has been generated from an "old county number" (OCN) scheduling record. These are monuments that were not reviewed under the Monuments Protection Programme and are some of our oldest designation records.

The monument includes a whipping post situated on the grass verge beside Sandy Lane in the village of Greatgate. A rectangular stone base measuring up to 1m by 0.5m and up to 0.3m thick lies horizontally on the ground and above to the far end of this stands a stone square pillar of up to 0.4m in width and stands to a height of up to 1.5m tapering slightly to a chamfered rounded top. The remnants of iron manacles are attached to the north and south sides.

Source: Historic England

Reasons for Scheduling

A whipping post is a post set upright to which offenders were tied to be whipped. During the medieval period through to the 18th century corporal punishment in the form of whipping was a common sentencing by the courts. Whipping was often the punishment for vagrancy and petty larceny crimes. Punishment often took place in public places or at the local community whipping post. The whipping post 33m ESE of School House survives well and stands as a relic of this form of punishment within the local community during medieval and post medieval periods.

Source: Historic England


Pastscape: 305425, HER: DST5774 and NMR: SK04SE25

Source: Historic England

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