"Everybody knows Ma Mayfield of the Old Hundredth"
Poster depicting London nightlife (1924)
Public DomainPoster depicting London nightlife (1924) - Credit: Horace Taylor

The character Ma Mayfield is based on a real-life Irish-born night club owner called Kate Meyrick (1875-1933).

Meyrick was involved in the running of several night clubs in London during the 1920s, including one at 43 Gerrard Street, Soho which was the model for the Old Hundredth.

Mrs Meyrick crossed swords with the law on many occasions, and served five prison sentences for offences relating to her night club ownership.