Bishop of Winchester Henry of Blois was the largest brothel owner in the UK back in 1161. He called his prostitutes “Winchester Geese”. King Henry II granted him special permission to run the brothel.

Bishop of Winchester Henry of Blois was the largest brothel owner in the UK back in 1161. He called his prostitutes “Winchester Geese”. King Henry II granted him special permission to run the brothel.

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A painting of Henry of Blois
Henry of Blois

Moreover, he collected license fees and rents from all individual brothels along the Bankside.

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