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This scold's bridle was purchased at the opening of the Forden Workhouse in 1795 together with two pairs of socks and a strait-waistcoat.

This implement would open at hinge points, the tab would be placed on the tongue and the whole implement would be closed down over the head. It would be used to punish disobedient female inmates, who would be confined to the implement for several hours, depending on the seriousness of their offence.

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