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?
This month four hundred years ago, the famed Mayflower began its journey across the Atlantic. After abandoning its sister ship, the Speedwell, which was not seaworthy, the Mayflower finally set sail in September. The people on the Mayflower all belonged to an obscure sect called the Brownists. The founder, Brown himself, had already abandoned the sect and returned to the king’s Church of England. The Pilgrim fathers were woefully badly prepared for their journey, lacking proper farm implements and livestock. The miracle is that they survived at all!




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