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Doug
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posted 10 January 2006 01:40 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This is a really interesting article about a type of business in 18th Century London that isn't really mentioned in the normal kind of history book, its modern descendents including today's gay bars and bathhouses. That, and considering the function of the place and the prevalence of syphilis at the time, I find the name amusing.

Mother Clap's Molly House

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Margaret Clap’s molly house was nothing out of the ordinary, for molly houses – public houses (usually alehouses or taverns, but in this instance a coffee house) where homosexual men kept their rendezvous – had existed in London since 1700, and apparently were thriving when they were first described in detail in Ned Ward’s The History of the London Clubs in 1709. Her house, however, was one of the most popular molly houses during the 1720s, for she catered well for the wishes of her customers.

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posted 10 January 2006 01:50 PM      Profile for Reality. Bites.        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
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I found between 40 and 50 Men making Love to one another, as they call’d it. Sometimes they would sit on one another’s Laps, kissing in a lewd Manner, and using their Hands indecently. Then they would get up, Dance and make Curtsies, and mimick the voices of Women. O, Fie, Sir! – Pray, Sir. – Dear Sir. Lord, how can you serve me so? – I swear I’ll cry out. – You’re a wicked Devil. – And you’re a bold Face. – Eh ye little dear Toad! Come, buss! – Then they’d hug, and play, and toy, and go out by Couples into another Room on the same Floor, to be marry’d, as they call’d it.

The more things change...


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margrace
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posted 10 January 2006 01:53 PM      Profile for margrace        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
A really interesting fiction book on this by Diana Gabaldon called Lord John and the Private Matter.
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