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Prostitution in Victorian Colchester
Prostitution in Victorian Colchester

Prostitution in Victorian Colchester

Controlling the Uncontrollable


256 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $37.95 (US $37.95) (CA $50.95)

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN 9781909291973

Rights: WOR X UK & EUR

University Hertfordshire Press (Mar 2018)
Essex Publications


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The decision to build a new army camp in the small market town of Colchester in 1856 was well received and helped to stimulate the local economy after a prolonged period of economic stagnation. Before long the Colchester garrison was one of the largest in the country and the town experienced an economic upturn as well as benefiting from the many social events organized by officers. But there was a downside: some of the soldiers' behavior was highly disruptive and, since very few private soldiers were allowed to marry, prostitution flourished. Having compiled a database of nearly 350 of Colchester's nineteenth-century prostitutes, the authors examine how they lived and operated and who their customers were.

Author Biography

Jane Pearson taught local and social history at the University of Essex. She has published papers on Essex local history and is preparing a medical history of Colchester. Maria Rayner has carried out research into Colchester's Lock Hospital and currently works within the NHS.