Molly house is a sophisticated brothel attended by patrons and wealthy citizens of London with a common purpose; That is to say, socialising and seeking pleasure with partners of the same sex.


A Molly house that was a meeting place for James Delaney and Michael Godfrey after Delaney returned from Africa. After finding out that Godfrey was a clerk for the East India Company, Delaney forced Godfrey to spy on the Company for him in exchange for keeping his secret. Wealthy members of London society were entertained by a large group of courtesans dressed in women's clothing, both in theatrical interludes and in erotic games behind the privacy of private rooms.[1]

When the East India Company blew James Delaney's ship in a clear declaration of war, James broke into one of the rooms of the molly house to attack Godfrey with a knife, holding him responsible for not having warned him in time about the Company's plans.[2]

The Molly House was later used as a secret meeting place for Godfrey, Delaney and George Chichester. The three men hatched a plan to frame Sir Stuart Strange about the sinking of the Cornwallis, a slave ship. When the King's guards arrested James Delaney at the Molly House, after he urged the courtesans to escape before the arrival of the soldiers, Benjamin Wilton investigated the scene and found the connection with Michael Godfrey and, as a consequence, his homosexuality and alliance with James Delaney, immediately reporting these findings to his superior.[3]


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  • Michael Godfrey was one of the cross-dresser entertainers of the Molly house; He had a room with personal belongings upstairs.


  • Molly-house was a term used in 18th and 19th century England for a meeting place for LGBTQ people, specifically for gay men. They ranged from bars to more brothel-like places.
  • As sodomy was a capital offence, they offered both a safe haven and a great danger if they were found there by authorities. As a consequence, molly districts seemed to appear in areas with a high rate of criminal acts such as theft and prostitution. [4]


  1. Knight, Steven (writer) & Nyholm, Kristoffer (director); January 21, 2017 BBC; January 24, 2017, FX; "Episode 3". Taboo.
  2. Hardy, Chips & Knight, Steven (writer) & Engström, Anders (director); February 11, 2017 BBC; February 14, 2017, FX; "Episode 6". Taboo.
  3. Knight, Steven (writer) & Engström, Anders (director); February 18, 2017 BBC; February 21, 2017, FX; "Episode 7". Taboo.
  4. Molly house on
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