The Old Rectory

Signboard of The Old Rectory in Richmond, Tasmania.
Edwardian era residential house.

The Old Rectory is the title of a historic spanking novel by an unknown author, dated 1973 in the epilogue and signed "Frederick A. Perceval" who calls himself the great-nephew of the novel's protagonist and claims to have found the manuscript.

It is one of the longest and most detailed works of boy spanking literature. For a work of child spanking literature, "The Old Rectory" is definitely on the extreme side, featuring frequent and hard punishments (even for the time) and cruel and humiliating treatment in general. At the same time, the novel is written in a delicate and sophisticated language that gives an excellent feeling for the thoughts, mentality and language of adults and boys in strict early 20th century England.

The storyEdit

Henry is made to kneel on a pouffe to receive his first spanking at the hands of Dame Hilda for not obeying her command quickly enough. Drawing by Spankart (2008).

The story consists of 23 chapters and is written in autobiographic style. The time and place of the plot is not specified, but it's not difficult to guess that it is most likely England at the beginning of the 20th century. While the old-fashioned discipline methods could also date back to the 19th century, there is telephone, so the setting is not that far back.

The story features only boys and boy spankings (F/m and M/m). While there are many boys, including minor characters, there is no single girl in the entire novel.

The protagonist of the story is Henry Perceval, a 12-and-a-half-year-old boy. While his parents went for a trip to China, Henry is given for a few months in the charge of the "Old Rectory" Academy — a small and, as he soon finds out, very strict institution for boys. Other characters include:

  • Dame Hilda Catchpole, "the Dame", the institution's female main authority and disciplinarian
  • Doctor Arthur Landsdowne, "the Doctor", her male counterpart (a teacher)
  • "the Captain", a young teacher in his late twenties
  • Perkins, a maid
  • a cook
  • "the Vicar"
  • Eddie Forrest, another boy lodger at the Old Rectory
  • Alfred Bowes, a non-lodging boy
  • Algernon Briggs, a non-lodging boy, aged 9 and a half

The adults are without exception very strict, although everyone of them has their individual style of disciplining the boys. To a modern observer, they may show symptoms of dippoldism (a disease that shows in sadistic leanings towards minors) in different degrees.

The boys are expected to be on perfect behavior, cleanliness and attire at all times, and are subject to inspections and other methods of supervision. Punishment is given for the smallest infraction of house rules. The range of punishments used is very wide and creative (as often in spanking novels); most of it is corporal punishment in the form of spanking, however with a lot of variation in terms of spanking positions, spanking implements, and so on. Other punishment focuses on humiliation — for example, letting the boy stand and wait with his hands on his head, embarrassing clothes, or forced nudity.


  1. Arrival
  2. The First Day - The Regime Revealed
  3. A Little Night Music
  4. We few, we happy few, we band of brothers
  5. "Sunday blessed Sunday" and the revenge of the jacobites
  6. Special Tuition - solitary sacrifice
  7. Easter - Piggsy's Redemption and the Captain's Intervention
  8. The Jacobite rebellion and three week weals
  9. Pre Dinner Games
  10. Outdoor Games and the Dame's Revenge
  11. After Dinner Games
  12. The Outing
  13. Summers' End - Farewells and Hellos
  14. The Half
  15. Old friends and New
  16. Christmas
  17. The Choir Reservists
  18. Jonathan's Tail
  19. The Brothers
  20. Unrest in the Choirstalls
  21. Jenning's Revenge and the Vicar's Retribution
  22. Letting the Side Down
  23. The Tumbrils Roll


"The Old Rectory" appeared in the 1990s in Internet newsgroups such as The digital versions publicized contain typical OCR spelling mistakes, so the work seems to have been digitized via scans of some printed source such as a book or magazine.

See alsoEdit


You can find the individual chapters by doing a Google Groups search for "The Old Rectory".  Warning: