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Whoresnest: the story of the Bankside Stews

Until the C16th, the area next to the river in Lambeth was home to the so-called Bankside Stews, a collection of bathhouses that doubled as brothels.

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After the bubonic plague became endemic in Europe, Londoners came up with ways to protect their community against infection, such as the Pesthouse.

Gropecunt Lane

Frederick’s Place, in the City of London, used to be called Gropecunt Lane in the medieval period due to its many brothels. As nearby Milk Street and Bread Street can attest, medieval Londoners valued pragmatism above all in their naming of streets.

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An illegal funeral souvenir.

Funeral spectators were expected to be mournful and well behaved – Jenkin Evans had other ideas.