Dosshouse

When Stephen says that he has no place to spend the night, Corley tells him that "There was a dosshouse in Marlborough street, Mrs Maloney’s, but it was only a tanner touch and full of undesirables." A tanner was 6d.,  quite cheap for a night's lodging. For 4-6 pence, establishments called doss-houses, or kip-houses, or common lodging-houses, would put people up in crowded, bad-smelling dormitory rooms.

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  A small doss-house ca. 1900, renting "Good Beds 4d. Per Night For Single Gentlemen Only." Source: www.workhouses.org.uk.

  A two-relay doss-house ca. 1900. Source: www.workhouses.org.uk.