There are a lot of places in my book The English Monster: Plymouth, Jamaica, Africa, Portobello, Stanton St. John and more. But the place it always come back to is Wapping in 1811. Quite a few people have said to me they’d like a bit more of a “tour” of Wapping to help them picture the places mentioned, so I’ve put together a page with a Google Map in it showing (roughly) the outlines of the Old London Dock and the key places in the novel, with a modern picture where I have it.
I hope there are no plot spoilers; if there are, tell me! And I hope to add to this resource over time, maybe putting in some photos and video. I’m also contemplating a more interactive map which will include the contemporary map of early 19th century Wapping. It’s hard to do well without an artist and a coder, but I’m putting together a plan for that now. More soon.
In the meantime, I hope you enjoy the quick-and-dirty start! And here’s a picture of the plaque on the Thames River Police Office. There’s more pics on my Flickr photostream.