increase in the number of degenerate establishments -- from bowling alleys to brothels to baiting rings -- and Southwark's
disreputable reputation was assured. It is equally certain, however, that the growth of contemporary concern over London's
pleasure garden was not merely the straightforward product of suburban expansion and proliferation of places of resort. It
also betokened a heightened consciousness of a pre-existing problem, a consciousness which owed something to puritan
sentiment, though it was certainly not confined to Puritans.