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 Lycopo’dium.Lydia, 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Lydford Law
 
is, punish first and try afterwards. Lydford, in the county of Devon, was a fortified town, in which was an ancient castle, where were held the courts of the Duchy of Cornwall. Offenders against the stannary laws were confined before trial in a dungeon so loathsome and dreary that it gave rise to the proverb referred to. The castle was destroyed by the Danes. (See CUPAR JUSTICE, COWPER’S LAW.)   1
       
“I oft have heard of Lydford law,
How in the morn they hang and draw,
       
And sit in judgment later.”
       
A Devonshire Poet.
 


 Lycopo’dium.Lydia, 

 
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