Hell-fire Club

Hell-fire Club

18th-century British clique devoted to debauchery. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 411]
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All these foundations laid the groundwork for Francis Dashwood's Hell-Fire Club at Medmanham (in fact, the golden globe on Dashwood's house used to be visible some years ago from the High Wycombe Road, but perhaps no longer today).
Geoffrey Ashe's account of the Hell-Fire clubs is probably the nearest we come to the British equivalent of the excesses of the Marquis de Sade (and we have to remember that the inheritance of all this curiously dangerous playing with occult fire was passed on to Lord Byron - mad, bad and dangerous to know).
There were several Hell-Fire clubs in Ireland and one of the best known was in Limerick where a band of rakes were known as the Dublin Blasters and were in the habit of receiving guests stark naked, often remaining longer than usual in the doorways of their town houses, shrieking with laughter at the discomfiture of their visitors and continuing to stand there 'as a show to the people passing by'.