Penalties for relatively minor offence were indeed
harsh even into the 19th century.
proud of the fine old bridges in possesses.
‘A transportation tablet’ can still be seen on several of them,
notably on the graceful 15th century bridge over the River Stour at
Dursweston. It reads : county
Any person wilfully injuring
Any part of this
Will be guilty of Felony and
Upon conviction liable to be
Transported for life by the court.
7 & 8 Geo 4 C50S13 T.Fooks.