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The Salmon School

In the 17th century, the Salmon school was one of the biggest and most renowned girls’ schools in the London area and the country. The school taught girls from middling and elite families for approximately 40 years.

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Three dames and a dildo.

In c.1340, a professional scribe of Shropshire copied down a fun fireside tale. Three women are off on a pilgrimage. On the road, one of them finds ‘a great huge penis, draped about with just its muzzle peeking out’ from behind a hawthorn bush. This episode considers a variety of stories of wandering genitalia, and the problems with picking up a disembodied penis off the road.