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Official Seal of the Louth Grammar School, England

  • Object type: Other
  • Formal Title: n/a
  • Creator: unknown
  • Date Created: 1552
  • Origin: Louth, Lincolnshire, England
  • Current Location: n/a

Corporal punishment was routine tool to raise a child in England, circa 1500. School teachers were expected to whip their charges.

Indeed, the Louth Grammar School had a peculiar official seal: a teacher beating a child! The school is now the King Edward VI Grammar School and the seal in disuse.

However, for centuries it served as the official logo. The Latin around the image says "spare the rod, spoil the child".

The school is one of the oldest in the world, mentioned in documents in 1276. The local history buffs claim that the school dates back to the 700s.


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