A sturdy timber
or post that is laid horizontal between two wooden supports
and used for correction and other light spanking.
Normally made out of the salt encrusted oak of former naval vessels ensuring that the pil beam is solid and free
It was thought to have originated in the early 16th century in the South west
of England and was first mentioned in Brother Callicot's ecclesiastical tome
'Under ye leather
A working example is still
kept in operation
scrubs prison. This is required by law as some
present day statutes still
have the Pil beam as a condition awarded in court for minor offences such as home taping from the radio.
'The village fete is crap this
'Hang on, things
up, the Pil beam is being wheeled
'Hand me another C45, I am going to tape
the Steve Wright show off the radio'
'You know you can end up over a Pil beam for something like that'.