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The Winchester Geese that is, for those who don’t know “Geese” is a term for prostitutes, and some who worked in Southwark would attend a play, at the original Globe theatre, (hence the Shakespeare quote, it’s from Romeo and Juliet by the way), to ply their trade. The “Winchester” comes from their pimp, the Bishop of Winchester. You can still see the remains of the 12th century Winchester Palace.

I was on a tour of the reconstructed Globe Theatre and listening to a story of these women who would wave white handkerchiefs, aprons, etc., to get the attention of the men attending the play. I took this photo as I imagined them making an entrance in the theatre.


p.s. if you look at the bottom of the curtain you’ll see that the curtain is indeed frayed. 😉