CRIMINALS got a soaking at a Georgian County Fair.
A spell in the stocks for one thieving farm labourer launched the event at Beamish.
Jacki Winstanley, from Beamish, said the event was a chance to recreate the hustle and bustle of the fair.
Jacki said: “It’s a great way to find out about how Georgians celebrated and enjoyed the country fair. It’s a great way of seeing Georgian leisure time.”
The stocks, set up by The Squire of Pockerley Old Hall, were just one of the historic attractions at the fair.
During the course of the four-day fair, which runs until Sunday, there will be a host of activities for history enthusiasts.
The Squire of Pockerley Old Hall will be declaring the fair open today and there will be fire eaters, a flea circus, and market stalls to entertain visitors.
The fair will take place at the Pockerley Waggonway.
Entrance to the fair is included in the cost of regular entrance to the museum.