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When Minahan Met Mary: sex, sleaze and scandal in 1880s London

When Minahan met Mary: sex, sleaze and scandal in 1880s London.

One night in August 1882, Inspector Jeremiah Minahan was walking his Chelsea beat when he encountered the most infamous brothel-keeper in London, Mary Jeffries. Notorious for purveying young girls to wealthy, powerful men, Jeffries attempted to warn Minahan off. ‘It is no good,’ she said, ‘for the police to watch my houses. I only do business with gentlemen of the highest rank in life.’ But Minahan ignored her advice and investigated. His subsequent exposé sparked national outrage: riots, arrests, a sensational trial and a change in English law that still holds today.

In a tale that winds through late Victorian Chelsea, Marylebone and of course, Soho, author Bridget O'Donnell will discuss how the battle between a London Madam and her local policeman changed British society forever.


When Minahan met Mary: sex, sleaze and scandal in 1880s London.

One night in August 1882, Inspector Jeremiah Minahan was walking his Chelsea beat when he encountered the most infamous brothel-keeper in London, Mary Jeffries. Notorious for purveying young girls to wealthy, powerful men, Jeffries attempted to warn Minahan off. ‘It is no good,’ she said, ‘for the police to watch my houses. I only do business with gentlemen of the highest rank in life.’ But Minahan ignored her advice and investigated. His subsequent exposé sparked national outrage: riots, arrests, a sensational trial and a change in English law that still holds today.

In a tale that winds through late Victorian Chelsea, Marylebone and of course, Soho, author Bridget O'Donnell will discuss how the battle between a London Madam and her local policeman changed British society forever.


Speaker(s):

Ms Bridget O'Donnell | talks

 

Date and Time:

27 November 2013 at 7:30 pm

Duration:

1 hour

 

Venue:

The Wheatsheaf
25 Rathbone Place
London
W1T 1DG
020 8960 7172

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Organised by:

Sohemian Society
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Tickets:

£4

Available from:

From door on evening.

Additional Information:

Contact David.Fogarty@prsformusic.com

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