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The Secret History of Holywell Street: Home to Victorian London’s Dirty Book Trade

Wednesday 29 June 2016 at 16:51

Victorian sexuality is often considered synonymous with prudishness, conjuring images of covered up piano legs and dark ankle-length skirts. Historian Matthew Green uncovers a quite different scene in the sordid story of Holywell St, 19th-century London's epicentre of erotica and smut.