Branks or Scold’s Bridle

By Andy Flack

Branks were used throughout Europe from the 16th century right up to the 19th century as a form of punishment for minor crimes such as slander or even nagging. It is also thought suspected witches were forced to wear them. The aim was to publicly humiliate the wearer and sometimes to cause pain as some branks have parts that extended into the mouth.

Published on 28 September 2017