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A punishment cane of 1973 from a Children's Home

Often the curved part of the cane broke off after a few uses, it still gave a good amount of pain even when it was shorter. I think a few of the adults that used the cane on us, prefered it in the broken condition, as a they were able to get a better grip.

The junior or light cane started off with a length of about 30", but after a little while could be reduced to around 24".

Up to the age of 11 this was their instrument of torture, above this age some of the canes could be a little thicker.

This souvenir was given to me by a retired children's home worker, who had kept it as a momento on retirement.

The canes use in ordinary council junior schools in the Birmingham area were of similar design.


Many Local Authorities that ran Children's Homes wanted the staff only to use the regulated design of cane that they supplied rather than use a cane that staff selected.

Some of the Councils stamed their names on them so that during any inspection by them or The Home Office when the Punishment Book was checked, it would be seen to be all correct.

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Taken on May 19, 2009