In the summer of 2012, while I was looking into London’s bookstores of the 1890’s, I visited Cecil Court. Now home to used book and record stores, Cecil Court was built in 1894 with blocks of flats on top of ground floor shops. Here was a part of London, in the area where Georgia Fenchurch had her bookshop, that hadn’t been visited by the wrecking ball or Nazi bombers.
These pictures show how I imagine her shop and the building her flat is in to appear from the outside. Then I added other old bookstores I visited, pictures and descriptions from that era, and my imagination, to create Fenchurch Books and Georgia’s neighborhood.