Pillory at Michelham Priory

What, exactly, is a pillory?

Resembling a set of stocks—into which a seated person’s ankles (and sometimes wrists) would be inserted—a pillory usually requires its occupant to stand (not sit).

And ... unlike stocks (which focus only on hands and feet), a pillory includes a hole for a person’s neck.

Michelham Priory—located southeast of London in the UK town of Hailsham (East Sussex)—still has an old pillory. Once a place where Augustinian monks lived, this priory has records extending back to 1229.  

People tell tales about Michelham—especially tales that the place is haunted.

One of the many ghosts which people claim they’ve seen, at Michelham, is that of Thomas Sackville. Once the priory’s owner, Sackville—so the stories go—still haunts the halls of his old place to this very day.

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Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 5155stories and lessons created

Original Release: Dec 09, 2016

Updated Last Revision: Dec 10, 2016

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