I found a great site today with road maps of London from 1926 that I had to post (click on it to see the large version and take a look at Regents Park — cause that’s right next to Baker street):
In addition to always keeping my map front of mind, I spent most of today researching (yay – Wikipedia is back!) appropriate locations for Elaine Barclay’s extravagant wedding.
Elaine is of course from Book 2: A Case of Darkness, and has returned for a brief cameo in the form of her wedding that will take place in Book 5, which I am currently writing.
I think Lancaster House (renamed from its original name Stafford House in 1912) is an apt location for both such an event and for the items I need to be present during the reception (mysterious enough for you? 😉
One of the main reasons to use this building is that “From 1924 until shortly after World War II, the house was the home of the London Museum, but it is now used for government receptions and is closed to the public except on rare open days.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Perfect. Next step: figure out what could have been part of the collection being housed at the Lancaster House in 1931.
Still working on learning about Portia’s London, so I started a map (available here).
In Book 4 she makes her way out to a farm that has recently been burned to the ground. I need it to be in Sheep-farming land, so I picked Sussex county as a location where Southdown sheep grazed. Read more about Sussex county on Wikipedia here.
The Chalk Downlands (also called the South Downs) area seems to be decent farmland for sheep farming.
The Amberley railway station was built in 1923, so she could have taken a train from Victoria station in London to Amberley to get to the Coombs farmhouse. It would have taken about an hour to get there.
For the church in book 6, i’m thinking about All Hallows by the Tower http://www.ahbtt.org.uk/history/
Book4, writing a street chase, and since 221B Baker Street doesn’t really exist in London (at least as a townhouse, not as a Museum), I’m working with the area instead.
So, running South down Siddon’s Lane and then West towards Chagford Street – that makes sense right?
I need someone from London to actually help me before I go ‘un-suspending’ people’s disbelief with erroneous directions.