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Who Remembers the Winchester Geese?

  • Winchester Discovery Centre Jewry Street Winchester, England, SO23 United Kingdom (map)

The Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB

Have you ever heard of the Bishop of Winchester’s Geese? Even Shakespeare wrote of their hiss.

Winchester Geese was the name coined for sex workers in the Bishop of Winchester’s Liberty of the Clink during the 15th century. Before south of the river became London, Southwark and its stews were deemed dangerous place of vice and violence, so unruly a place that the Bishop had jurisdiction over the land, with ordinances laid out for these women to adhere to or face punishment.

What were their lives like in the Bishop’s Liberty? Has any evidence of their experiences survived? Their memory might have been lost forever if not for the Crossbones Graveyard in Southwark, London. There, down a small side street you will find a shrine honouring their story.

Join Lucy Coleman-Talbot's on our first festival Saturday for what we expect to be a fascinating talk.

  • Saturday 14 September: 1600-1700

 Talk lasts 1 hour including 15 minutes Q&A 

Earlier Event: September 14
The Curious Case of the Curious Herbal
Later Event: September 14
100 Years of Women in Law