Sir Benjamin Stone
'The Ancient "Ducking Stool". Fordwich. Kent. 1906'
Fordwich, Kent, England
Museum no. E.2941-2000
Ducking stools were used for community punishments. They attached to wheels and taken through the town, or slung from poles and lowered into water. The photograph shows a man in the chair, but usually it was women who underwent this humiliation. The last recorded case in Britain was in 1807.