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Could you really get a doss for a penny?


I've been looking into Victorian expenses but nowhere can I find info on what a private room for the night would cost. The film mentions Mary Kelly paying a penny but getting kicked out because she let her friends inside.

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https://www.lifedeathprizes.com/spooky-stuff/londons-victorian-slums-63294

Looks like 4 pennies to me but old English currency does my head in.

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A penny in victorian times isn't the same as now. Decimal currency came in the 70s.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coins_of_the_pound_sterling#:~:text=decimal%20coinage%20history-,Decimalisation,old)%20pence%20to%20the%20pound.

I'm English and can't get my head around it! I remember shillings as a kid but thankfully I've only known our current system!

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