"There is an iron scold’s bridle in Walton Church"
Scold's bridle in use
Public DomainScold's bridle in use
St Mary's church, Walton-on-Thames
GNU Free Documentation LicenseSt Mary's church, Walton-on-Thames - Credit: Howard Hudson
This was an iron contraption used as a punishment for women. A replica scold's bridle (known as brank in Scotland) is on display in a box at St Mary's Church, Walton, because the one referred to here was stolen in 1965. The original scold's bridle was dated 1633 and came to Walton from Chester in 1723. It was inscribed 'Chester presents Walton with a bridle to curb women's tongues which talk too idle'.