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Sent: 25 October 2012 16:05 > There is a pub called The Camden Head, in Camden Walk, Angel, > Islington, London, that has a board outside stating: > > "In Georgian times the upstairs of the Camden Head was the location of > a "birth control shop for women" that had its own entrance." > > It's unclear whether it was also a pub at the time - the same board > states it "can be dated back to 1806 when a Samuel Grammer was the Licensee." > > Has anyone come across this place before? Can anyone recommend work on > birth control in Georgian times that discusses shops and distribution? > Would such places advertise anywhere? I think that the 'George' in the 'Georgian' there was probably V or even VI! I have certainly come across early C20th birth control clinics which had plausible deniability as to why a woman might be going in there, by being over pie-shops or offering chiropody as well. 'Birth control shop' is entirely anachronistic usage for the Hanoverian Georges or indeed until C20th, and I wouldn't have even placed 'rubber goods shop' earlier than Victoria (for technological reasons). Rubber goods shops did often have separate entrances. There is a a photography of a 1930s example on p 257 of Porter and Hall, The Facts of Life. I suppose it's possible that there was a condom dealer at the address in the C18th-C19th, but I'm not sure women would have been buying them - or at least, that the women likely to have been buying them would have been bothered about a separate entrance. The devices that a woman might use, as recommended by early Malthusians, seem to have been sponges, and I would have thought that these could have been made at home. On birth control in the early C19th, I imagine the classic works by Peter Fryer (The Birth Controllers) and Angus McLaren (The birth control movement in nineteenth century England) would have something to offer. Lesley Hall email@example.com www.lesleyahall.net lesleyahall.blogspot.co.uk