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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

"I was born a Goose of Southwark

by the Grace of Mary Overie, 

whose Bishop gives me licence 

to sin within The Liberty..."

- John Constable, The Southwark Mysteries (1999)

 "Winchester Geese" was the name coined for sex workers in the Bishop of Winchester’s Liberty of the Clink during the 15th century. At this time Southwark was deemed a dangerous place of vice and violence, so unruly that the Bishop of Winchester was granted jurisdiction over the land. This included the introduction of 39 ordinances laid out for these women to adhere to or face punishment. 

This talk will begin by examining what life might have been like for these women, whose personal experiences, thoughts and feelings were not documented. It will then be considered how they are remembered today, by looking at artists and activists using their story as a vehicle for social change.


We do hope you can join Lucy Coleman Talbot, for what we know will be a fascinating afternoon!

  • 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