The Pillory was a wooden framework. It had holes for the head and hands. the criminals where locked in and often had things thrown at them such as rocks or rotting fruit. This punishment went on no matter the weather. 

It was used as punishment for a variety of offenses, e.g., treason, sedition, arson, blasphemy, witchcraft, wife beating, cheating, and drunkenness, among others.

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