Whorehouses

The main whorehouses of London were traditionally in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames - close by what became the theatrical district of Shakespeare's Globe. The land belonged to the Bishop of Winchester, who regulated the brothels. The rules for the prostitutes may well have been drawn up by his assistant, the future saint, Thomas Becket. See LONDON, 'The Whorehouse'.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
As those who have read PARIS will know, the Parisian neighborhood of Les Halles, now known for its vast mall complex, was once the site of the Cimetière des Innocents, Paris’ largest cemetery. What started in the 12th century as a smallish graveyard ballooned to a resting place for over 2 million corpses ! By the 1780’s, the cemetery had become so overfilled and unhygienic that Louis XVI closed it, and ordered all bodies be exhumed and transferred to the Catacombs. Today, only one relic remains from the neighborhood’s eerie past - La Fontaine des Innocents – a fountain built in the sixteenth century which once marked the entrance to the graveyard.




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