Several villages of the Villuercas-Ibores-Jara Global Geopark of the UNESCO, such as Logrosán, Deleitosa, and Cabañas del Castillo, still retain a highly characteristic type of monument which takes us back to a time when the enforcing of the law could be rather macabre. The very presence of a pillory (a column generally of stone topped by a cross or a ball) on the edge of a town could be interpreted as a warning or dissuasion to those who might dare to break the laws of the feudal estate.
Between the 14th and 17th centuries pillories began to be erected by all Hispanic kingdoms. These columns of ornamented stone were designed to exhibit the offenders condemned to public ridicule for as long as their sentences lasted, together with the bodies or heads of those put to death by the civil authority. In addition to their exemplary function they also were symbols of feudal power. In those times the towns could be of the crown (legally dependent on the king) or feudal (when power was delegated to a nobleman). The symbol of this feudal jurisdiction was the pillory and for this reason they were often decorated with the coat of arms of the lord of the town. On occasion concerning pillories a distinction has been made between the concepts of rollo and picota, with the former being designed to symbolise feudal power and the latter being used for the actual enforcing of the sentences.
When the Courts of Cádiz abolished the privileges of noblemen over their towns it ordered the demolition of all pillories as it considered them to be symbols of serfdom.