The Bawdy House Riots of 1668

In early modern London, there was a tradition of sorts where apprentices would amass on holidays and physically destroy brothels. One of the largest such riot took place during Easter week in 1668, and it was a complicated event.

The Tar's Triumph, or Bawdy House Battery, 1749. This illustration depicts a brothel riot that took place 81 years after today's subject.

Topics in this Podcast: 17th century, apprentices, england, religion, riots, smashing things