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Summer 2008

Petersfield Museum put on a display, of which this is a small area of items provided by our curator from the HCHS archive store 

The last whipping public in Portsmouth was in 1816. A man named Bailey was whipped for stealing a watch. He also received 12 months imprisonment!

In the early days of the 19th century there were no regular Watchman in Portsmouth. There were only a few old men, with lanterns and sticks, who were paid by the inhabitants one shilling and sixpence (7.5p) a night during the winter and one shilling (5p) in the Summer.

Confinement to the Stocks was a favourite punishment in Portsmouth. In 1865 remains of the Stocks ere to be seen outside the Police station in Ordinance Row, Portsea. (Long since demolished)

In October 1818 an old man named Thomas Hungerford of Orange Street, Portsea was murdered by his Wife. She was found guilty at Winchester Assizes and was sentenced to death. It was ordered that she be taken to Portsea, dragged on hurdle to the place of execution and hung by the neck. Her body ws to be delivered to the Surgeon for dissection. The execution was watched by 10,800 spectators.