1837: 7 William 4 & 1 Victoria c.23: Abolition of the Pillory

1837: 7 William 4 & 1 Victoria c.23: An Act to abolish the Punishment of the Pillory.

[30th June 1837.]

WHEREAS it is expedient to abolish the Punishment of the Pillory; be it therefore enacted by the Queens most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same,

[Punishment of the Pillory abolished.]

That from and after the passing of this Act Judgment shall not be given and awarded against any Person or Persons convicted of any Offence that such Person or Persons do stand in or upon the Pillory; any Law, Statute, or Usage to the contrary notwithstanding:


Provided that nothing herein contained shall extend or be construed to extend in any Manner to change, alter, or affect any Punishment whatsoever which may now be by Law inflicted in respect of any Offence, except only the Punishment of Pillory.

Source: Butterworths, the Statutes of the United Kingdom, 1837.

Further reading: Wikipedia.