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The Penny Green Series

A series of mysteries set in late 19th century London and featuring the intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green. The books can be read in any order. See all of Emily's books

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1 day 14 hours ago

PG9 has a river theme, which can only mean an interesting river location or two! 😃 The Thames River Police was founded in 1798 to tackle thefts from ships in the Port of London. The force was based at Wapping Police Station on the banks of the river and - incredibly - it still is today! I haven’t yet found another police station in London which has been in continuous use for that long. Many of the Victorian police stations in the capital have been demolished or redeveloped for another use. The river police merged with the Metropolitan Police in 1839. Today Wapping Police Station is the headquarters of the Metropolitan Police Marine Policing Unit which polices 47 miles of the Thames. There’s a little museum on site which tells you the history of the river police, apparently it's worth a visit.🚤

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1 week 5 days ago

Here's a location from Penny Green 9. I love this detailed photo - I can't find the date for it but my guess is some time between 1880 - 1910. Ludgate Circus sits at a crossroads between Fleet Street and Ludgate Hill. Lud Gate once stood here and was the westernmost gate in the Roman city walls. This area is supposedly the burial place of the legendary Welsh king, King Lud. It’s not clear if King Lud actually existed or not - he features in the 12th century book 'History of the Kings of Britain' by Geoffrey of Monmouth. Lud Gate was demolished in the 18th century and Ludgate Circus was constructed in the 1860s and 70s. In this picture you can see The King Lud pub to the left of the railway bridge - the pub is a location in PG9. The railway bridge was demolished in 1990 when new railway tunnels took the lines underground. Beneath Ludgate Circus flows one of London’s subterranean rivers, the River Fleet, which runs from Hampstead in north London down to the Thames and was largely covered over in the 18th century. Apparently you can still hear the river these days through a…

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1 week 6 days ago

A Churchill & Pemberley Christmas novella is out now 🎄☃️🎅 - just 99c / 99p 😃 http://hyperurl.co/0ynuq6 (let me know if the link plays up)

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Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 13 hours ago

A PG9 location for you! This building is the Inner Temple Gatehouse on Fleet Street. It was built in 1610 and stands on a site which once belonged to the Knights Templar (their former HQ, Temple Church, stands behind it). The black and white picture shows the building in the late 19th century and the other picture shows how it looks now. Uses of this building over the years include a tavern and Mrs Salmon’s Waxworks. In Penny’s time the building was used as a hairdressers. The sign on the front of the building in the 19th century - ‘Formerly the Palace of Henry VIII and Cardinal Wolsey’ - has not been verified and when the building was restored in the early 20th century, it was found that this facade was covering the original 17th century one. The building is now restored to its 17th century appearance and the inside is worth a look for its 17th century plasterwork. You can visit a Samuel Pepys exhibition here and he’s believed to have visited the building when it was a tavern. The gateway leads to the Inner Temple - one of the four Inns of Court for barristers in England and…

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3 weeks 1 day ago

Photographs of famous Victorians - some very interesting people here 😃

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1 month 1 day ago

Churchill & Pemberley return this Thursday with a cold case to investigate! Puzzle in Poppleford Wood is on pre-order for 99c / 99p 😃 http://hyperurl.co/dialc4

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1 month 1 week ago

A mysterious, ancient stone is one of the locations in PG9 📘 Cannon Street, in the City of London, has been home to London Stone for 1,000 years and possibly much longer. No one knows the true origins of London Stone, there’s speculation that it was once a Roman milestone - possibly a location from where all distances in Roman Britain were measured. It has also been suggested that the stone is prehistoric and was an object of Druidic worship. It was first referenced in a list of London properties written around the year 1100. In medieval times, London Stone was a popular place to visit and countless stories were concocted about its origin. In 1598 the historian, John Stow, described it as "pitched upright... fixed in the ground verie deep, fastned with bars of iron.” Some event (perhaps the Great Fire of London) caused the stone to reduce in size and in the 18th century it was moved across the road and placed in a protective cupola in front of St Swithin’s Church. There it stayed for 200 years until the church was destroyed in The Blitz in WWII. An office building replaced the church and a new protective…

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1 month 1 week ago

London’s most haunted house surely deserves a mention on Halloween! 🎃 It’s 50 Berkeley Square in Mayfair (a location in The Inventor). The Victorians, lovers of ghost stories, believed the house to be very haunted indeed. 👻 In 1881 it was reported that a housemaid woke everyone with her shrieks at midnight: “Her eyes were fixed with a stare of expressive terror, upon a remote corner of the chamber, and an agony of fear seemed to possess her, yet the bystanders saw nothing.” The poor maid reportedly died at St George’s Hospital the next day. A friend of the family then insisted on staying in the same room: “At midnight he rang and was found also in convulsions. He never revealed the secret of the chamber.” 💀 The ghost stories of 50 Berkeley Square originated with a variety of tales including a young woman throwing herself from a top window, a young man being locked in the attic and a young girl being murdered in the attic. From 1859- 1870 a man who had been rejected by his fiancée lived in the house and supposedly went mad and died there. The house fell into disrepair at this time - enhancing…

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Emily Organ Writer

1 month 3 weeks ago

A location from Penny Green 9! This building used to be the Central London District Poor Law Schools which opened in 1857 to house and educate destitute children. It was also known as the Cuckoo Schools as the two schools (one for girls, one for boys) were built on land called Cuckoo Farm in Hanwell, west London. Charlie Chaplin had a poverty stricken childhood and joined the school in 1896 when he was just seven years old. He spent two unhappy years there before moving to another similar school in south London. At the age of 14 he registered with a London theatrical agency and his life took a different turn 🎭 The school closed in 1933 and the buildings are now a community centre.

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Emily Organ Writer

1 month 3 weeks ago

Another London pic from this week - I love it when an effort is made to preserve old signs. This is on a building in Monmouth St in the West End. Horse clothing! 😂