Lancashire Legends, Traditions, Pageants, Sports, &c./Part 4/Penance Stool at Bispham

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PENANCE STOOL.

In the belfry of Bispham [Bishop Ham] parish church was formerly deposited a simple-looking wooden frame, formed of four pieces of wood with cross - bars, &c. This was described by old people as having been formerly used as a penance-stool. The offending parties were fastened to the stool by means of cross pieces of wood. The frame has recently been removed; but to what place is not known.