Why research is so important


This is a perfect example of why research is important and not to accept everything you see at face value. A recent post on an “authoritative page” stated that the photo shown was referred to as “‘Tu’penny upright’. For people who couldn’t afford a bed in Victorian times, you could hang on a rope for the night!”


An unfortunate error – A tuppenny upright is OE slang for sexual intercourse while standing upright with the prostitute against a wall for a tuppenny. (two cents)

A simple check shows the photo to be an example of a “two penny hangover.”

In London in some homeless shelters, a rope was placed in front of the bench. The client was allowed to sleep when he leaned on (or hung over) the rope during the night. He was not allowed to lie down flat on his back and sleep. The rope was cut at daybreak in order to encourage the clients to wake up early and leave.

b. twopenny upright, a prostitute. slang.  1958 L. DURRELL Balthazar ii. 41 A little old tart, button-eyed and razor-nosed – a tart of the Waterloo Bridge epoch, a veritable Tuppeny Upright. 1978 Maledicta II. 258 At the turn of the century, an Iowa woman was awarded $200 for being called a ‘whore’, while in England, at about the same time, a woman was denied any award for being called a ‘two-penny upright’.

About lindandsam

Linda is a poet and writer. As a mature aged student, she completed a Bachelor of Creative Writing. Master of Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Linda has also completed the Diploma of Family History Studies at the University of Tasmania (UTAS) and is looking forward to further post graduate work. Published in the USC Storyboard, 2015. Self-published ‘Where is Gedhum Choekyi Nyima?’ For the Tibetan Children’s Village, Dharamsala, 1997. She now lives in Bass Coast in beautiful Wonthaggi and shares her life with her partner and their four-legged fur baby Hugo Boss

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  1. I think the picture is of a ” Penny Hang”. Your research is correct and the name you have may also be correct (I bet it is).

    As an aside: In the book The Limehouse Text. Set in 1880s London, a penny hang is also frequented by sailors because it’s so hard to sleep in a regular bed on the first night on land. Sailors being often steriotyped as poor,drunk, dirty, shady etc.

    *As a sailor myself I’ve been known on occasion to fit some of that stereotype.


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