This small pamphlet was published in the mid-19th century by the Society for the Protection of Females as a warning to parents sending their daughters into work. It claims to have discovered a ‘millinery establishment’ (a shop devoted to making hats that primarily employed women and girls) secretly operating as a brothel. This discovery is told through the tragic story of a clergyman’s daughter who unknowingly joins the house, is raped, and, before she can be saved by her parents, is found dead.
- Full title:
- A Millinery Establishment proved to be a House of Ill Fame: Thoughts for Parents. Or Why Should Not Such Houses Be Exposed. Being a true exposure of a Private House of Ill fame in Gravesend.
- estimated 1840, probably London
- Society for the Protection of Females
- Usage terms
- Public Domain
- Held by
- British Library
- Article by:
- Judith Flanders
- London, Poverty and the working classes, Gender and sexuality
What was the place of prostitution in 19th-century society? Judith Flanders looks at documents and publications that provide an insight into attitudes towards the profession.