A popular passtime for Northerners during the late 19th Centuary.
A barrel would be placed in a public place with a selection of holes in it at different heights. The contents of the barrel would normally be a petty criminal who would have to spend a period of time "in the barrel".
Local men would visit the barrel and insert their manhoods into the holes of the barrel until the petty criminal had performed an oral sex act on them.
Judge - "Mr Lock you have been found guilty of the theft of a loaf of bread, do you have anything further to say?"
Mr Lock "Eh up t'honour I was jost a bit t'hungry"
Judge "that is no excuse! Guards take him forth from here and place him IN THE BARREL for 7 days and nights"