Evidence record card

Date: 1850
Working-class women and the Ceffyl Pren

Although few women held public office or exercised political power in the mid -19th Century, they played an important part in community affairs. They were particularly associated with the ceffyl pren, or wooden horse, on which offenders were paraded and subjected to the jeers of the neighbourhood. Activities such as these reveal a marked degree of female independence and help to dispel notions of women as passive victims of male violence.