Thanks to Mr. Keith Waterfall who has posted this picture of his father, who had cycled from Nottingham, sitting on the steps of Bottesford Cross in 1955. From the glum expression on his face, we guess that Mr. Waterfall’s father was posing as an unfortunate village miscreant who had been put in the stocks. Or perhaps he had been caught cycling without any lights.
The picture was presumably taken by his fellow cyclist. Who was he? Mrs. Ada Bond, who has generously allowed us to scan her photograph collection, has a very similar photograph, which we assume shows Mr. Waterfall’s companion.
Does anyone know when the stocks were last really used? What sort of crimes would have been punished this way?
Photographs like this are invaluable in helping us build up a record of Bottesford and its people. We can now date Mrs. Bond’s photograph and compare it with other pictures of the same scene at different times. The picture shows Deacon’s ‘Ladies and Gents Hairdresser and Tobacconist’ in the background, now the Oriental Kitchen Chinese Take-away. The name of the shop next door, now the Rutland Studio, is not visible. Was it Moulsher’s?
Mr. Bob Terry of Bingham has kindly lent us photographs of a visit to Bottesford his grandfather made in 1921. Mr. Terry is posing at the whipping post, before the stocks were moved, with Samuel’s shop in the background. When did Samuel’s close down?
We are collecting information about Bottesford shops in the past and would be grateful for any information, memories or photographs of them anyone can add.