Being a chronicle of my travels in and around London in August and September 2008 in search of sites and artifacts associated with Nell Gwynn, as research for my novel about her life "The Darling Strumpet of the Crowd."
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Bonfire Night on Blackheath
England still remembers the Fifth of November with fireworks.
View from the Greenwich Observatory
The Queen's House in the center would have been there in Nell's day.
This is the King Charles wing of what is now called the Old Royal Naval College, designed by John Webb for Charles in 1664.
St. Paul's Cathedral
Nell would have known the old cathedral that burned in 1666, and would have seen the early construction of the present building.
This bridge was built in 1831, but there has been a bridge here since Roman times. Nell knew the old bridge well. Billingsgate Fish Market stood just on the other side of the bridge for centuries. It moved to the Docklands area in 1982.
Site of Dorset Gardens Theatre
The building in the center is on the approximate site of the Duke's Company's theatre that opened in 1674. It is on the north bank of the river just west of Blackfriars Bridge.
Grave at St. Martin in the Fields
The crypt where Nell is buried is now a cafe...
The Staple Inn
Nell would have known this building, which has stood on Holborn since 1585.
Gillian Bagwell’s richly detailed historical novels bring to vivid life England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
Gillian uses her years of experience in theatre an actress, director, and producer to help authors give effective public readings, through workshops and private coaching/
Her life-long fascination with British history and dedication to research infuse her novels with a compelling evocation of time and place, and provide fodder for her non-fiction writing, including articles on “Frost Fairs on the River Thames” (http://www.lorisreadingcorner.com/2011/01/guest-post-giveaway-gillian-bagwell-the-darling-strumpet.html), “The Royal Miracle: The Biggest What-If in English History,” (http://www.historyinanhour.com/2012/07/14/charles-ii-royal-miracle), and “1660: The Year of the Restoration of Theatre.” Gillian blogged her research adventures for The Darling Strumpet (http://www.nellgwynn.blogspot.com) and The September Queen, including the day-by-day events of Charles II’s dramatic escape after the Battle of Worcester (http://www.theroyalmiracle.blogspot.com).
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