Monday, 28 September 2015

The Master's House

It caught my attention, on the weekend, whilst in a nearby town. I'd never seen it before even though I've visited this town many times. Anyway there it was, the nameplate you see below, 

and, me being me, I had images of discipline in my mind as opposed to images of learning, which shows how corrupt my mind must be.

Anyway, I decided it was worth googling later to find out a bit more about its history. Turned out the famous, Samuel Johnson, attended there and was indeed whipped many times and expressed his approval of it. I also found an old drawing of part of the interior of the school showing the whipping stool, it isn't dated but I should think must be C18. Amazing what you can find with a bit of help from google, the recipients were mainly male but I also dug up accounts of girls and women, both in educational institutions of the day and in society circles, being chastised corporally. I  spent over an hour poring over the wonderful ghastly accounts.

Out this morning - then this evening an early dinner and onto the ballet to see Swan Lake.

Have a good week,



Cat said...

Thanks for sharing the fun picture and background Ronnie...very interesting. ;) Wishing you a lovely dinner and evening at the ballet.

Hugs and blessings...Cat

Roz said...

This is great Ronnie, and very interesting. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have a wonderful time at the ballet :)


an English Rose said...

Ooh, the ballet, you lucky thing. I am jealous. Nice info too!
love Jan,xx

lindy thomas said...

Lucky you going to the ballet. Great learning about this masters house and what went on inside. thanks Ronnie.
enjoy your night out.
Lindy x

abby said...

Very first teaching job at a small rural school allowed spanking....with a paddle....LUcky you the ballet...enjoy.
hugs abby

mrandmrsb said...

Now there is a very interesting role play idea, The Ballet.
Lovely but revealing costumes and discipline too?

Hermione said...

What a fun discovery! It must have been quite an experience, attending a school like that.


Leigh Smith said...

Interesting, Ronnie.

Enjoy your day out and the ballet tonight.

sixofthebest said...

Did you think what a pleasure it would be for you to go over that 'spanking stool' in those good old days of 'yore'. I am sure it was most pleasureable to see that wonderous ballet "Swan Lake'. And did your evening's delightful pleasure, end with a good spanking by your knickers down bare bottom, by your ever loving husband,

ronnie said...

Cat - The ballet will be lovely. Thanks.

Roz - My pleasure. I think I will enjoy the evening. Thanks.

Jan - Really looking forward to it. Thanks.

Lindy - Happy you enjoyed it. Thanks.

Abby - Really. Did you ever have to use the paddle? Thanks.

MrandMrs - Oh yes, plenty of discipline in a ballet:) Thanks.

Hermione - I've passed there many times and never saw the sign. Can only image being in a school like that. Thanks.

SG - I'm sure I will. Good to see you back. Thanks.

SOTB - I don't think the evening will end like that but you never know:) Thank you.


abby said...

No, it was my first teaching job..I was teaching 2nd graders....they were still into the wanting to please the teacher stage...for the most part. hugs abby

Ni Na said...

Hi Ronnie, I enjoyed learning about Samuel Johnson. Wishing you a lovely evening, Swan Lake is so wonderful.



PK said...

You find the most interesting pieces of information.

Red said...

fun to read

Minelle Labraun said...

Awesome bit of history Ronnie!
I hope you enjoy your night tonight!

Florida Dom said...

Thanks for sharing. Shows what went on back in the day.


ronnie said...

Nina - Had a lovely evening. Thank you.

PK - I try:) Thanks.

Red -= My pleasure. Thank you.

Minelle - Thanks. Was a wonderful ballet. Thanks.

FD - Hello. Yes goes way back. Thank you.


Terpsichore said...

An interesting find.
I hope you have a wonderful time at the ballet...I love Swan Lake

ronnie said...

Terps - Had a wonderful time, great ballet. Thanks.