Friday, 18 January 2019

The Scold's Bridle

I've just read the astonishing fact that the use of a Scold's Bridle was not outlawed in Britain until 1967.

The Scold's Bridle was a punishment device, an iron mask made to be worn, usually, by women accused of being gossips, or of having committed some other transgressive behaviour - its intention was to both humilate and punish at the same time.

There's a fascinating short article about the Scold's Bridle in Dundee’s Albert Museum at

For more on the Scold's Bridle, see the following YouTube video from the Wellcome Collection:

Also available at


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