Monday November 3rd 2014 Tim
The Ale-Conner in the
Medieval period had the responsibility of ensuring that
brewers of ale did right by buyers of ale. There was a
whole thing, and any brewer of ale who didn't follow the
somewhat loose leaf rules could be subject to ridicule
by being made to 'go play Bo-Peep in the nut-cracker.'
The 'nut-cracker' was a pillory.
familiar as a character in the nursery rhyme, was also a
name used to describe excise men in the South East of
England. As well there is a Bo-Peep junction on the southern
railways in the United Kingdom. It wasn't named after a
shepherdess, and there was a time when I thought it was.