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Lime Street had a world wide reputation for "ladies of the night", with one name particularly associated with that trade, but as the opening line of the famous song "Maggie May" tells us … "she’ll never walk down Lime Street anymore". "Prostitution was rife in the 1800s, especially during the so called 'naughty nineties', when Maggie and her contemporaries offered their services to seaman, and others, on Lime Street and in the public houses which lined that famous thoroughfare. "Maggie herself is alleged to have plied her trade in the American Bar. Some other famous "ladies" associated with that period are Mary Ellen, the "Battleship", Jumping Jenny and Cast Iron Kitty, although how and why they acquired those names is not clear.

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