I wonder if it was even true. In those days the men had the upper hand in these matters.
In 1900, a Pimlico hairdresser and waiter sought a divorce from his wife, on the grounds of adultery.
His wife seems to have been a busy woman – she and her husband rented out their spare rooms to lodgers, and she was accused of sleeping not just with one but with all three of them.
The husband, Ephraim Riseley, had married Emily Elizabeth Murkett at St John’s in Fitzrovia on 9 May 1886. Ephraim, a coachman’s son, was 23; his bride, the daughter of a carpenter, was 24; both were originally from Huntingdonshire.
They moved into a house at 15 Glasgow Terrace in Pimlico, and had two children, Edwin Ephraim, born in February 1889, and May Emily, born in August 1891.
Ephraim had been working as a footman and butler since his marriage, but wanted to invest for his and his family’s future – so he took over a…
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