Flogging in the Market Place

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On this day in 1736 Elizabeth Smith was found guilty of stealing an apron from Elizabeth Knight and sentenced to be taken from the jail:

‘...to the publick whipping post in the Market Place...and to be stript from the middle upwards and then fixt to the said whipping post and there receive twenty lashes with a cat of nine tails from the hands of the Common Beadle on her naked back and till the same be bloody and then return to the gaol and there remain until her fees are paid.’

At this time, floggings also took place on Southsea Common, at the Dockyard gate or while being led through the town on a cart.

The beadle, or constable, was paid sixpence for each person flogged – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.