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Crime and Punishment

Find out about the gruesome methods of punishment that would have been used in the past, such as being burnt at the stake or drowned in a ducking stool.

Discover more about a grisly murder in the abbey, and the infamous William Corder, who murdered Maria Marten in the Red Barn and was hanged in Bury. Hear tales of local folk transported to the colonies for stealing a waistcoat, and how drunks were punished by being whipped around the marketplace. Not for the faint hearted!