Monday, July 6, 2015
Walk the Streets of Eighteenth Century London and See the Setting of the Southwark Saga!
Ever wish you could wander around 18th century London? Now you can, just about, thanks to this incredible interactive map at Locating London's Past. You can even use the map to search the real locations that appear in the Southwark Saga! Yes, this map is from almost 100 years later, but most of it's still there. Bookmark it and get ready to use this a lot, because this will be an invaluable resource to historians, authors, and readers of historical fiction alike. Ever wonder about The Strand or Half Moon Street? Now you can find them!
In case you're curious about some of the places names in the Southwark Saga, here's a little list to get you started (note: I've highlighted the place names to make searching easier):
Love Lane: There are several Love Lanes in London and Southwark at this time, but Jane lives in a little flat on the one south of the river at the west end of Maid Lane (not to be confused with Maiden Lane, below). Maggie's shop would have been there, too, and I imagined The Rose & Crown being across the street, perhaps where the Peacock Brewhouse was. (Heh heh)
On the other side of Maid Lane is Bear Garden, where the prize fights are held in Virtue's Lady, and one of Meg Henshawe's very favorite places.
Fleet Street: Now, The Cheshire Cheese was (and is!) a real pub, but it is not on this map. You can search Fleet Street, however, and follow it all the way east to Newgate, and beyond that is Friday Street in Cheapside. This is where Harry's girlfriend, Mary, lives, and the lads even pay her a visit there in Virtue's Lady. Incidentally, this is also where the Cheapside Hoard was found. (Click here for a peek at what was in it!)
Charing Cross is where Claude Duval left Sally to fend for herself in 1668, and Bedford Street in Covent Garden is where Tyburn begins (adjacent to the infamous Maiden Lane).
Mark and Nick grew up in a house on St James Square between Pall Mall and Piccadilly. Tyburn itself is on the map, just about, on the far left hand side at the end of Tiburn Road (follow Oxford Street west). If you zoom in, you can see the creepy little illustration of the gallows.
How cool is that?
PS - Don't miss amazing street names such as Dead Man's Place, Clink Street, and Vinegar Yard. This is way too much fun. Enjoy!
PPS - If you fancy a paperback copy of either (or both!), I'm giving away one of each via Goodreads this month. You can even enter through the widgets in the sidebars! ;)