As the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle for 1139 puts it: They hanged them by the thumbs, or by the head, and hung fires on their feet; they put knotted strings about their heads, and writhed them so that it went to the brain ...Some they put in a chest that was short, and narrow, and shallow, and put sharp stones therein, and pressed the man therein, so that they broke all his limbs ...
In the middle ages torture was used to extract information, force confessions, punish suspects, frighten opponents, and satisfy personal hatred.
Historically, ancient Greeks and Romans used torture for interrogation.
In the years following World War II, the building wings were enclosed to create a year-round recreational building, and the wading pool was converted to a spray pool.
In 1959, the city transferred the park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties.
The Norman French who came to England with William the Conqueror used torture to extract treasure from the Anglo-Saxons in their new kingdom.