Map of Literary Locations

I have been playing with Google Maps this week.  You can access my map to literary Britain via the ‘Home’ link above.  I have tried a number of map creation tools but have found this to be generally the easiest to use.

Originally, I was going to map the places features in the blog but I, err, got a bit carried away and started to map every place of literary interest I’ve ever visited.  Then I got a bit more carried away and started doing some research and … before you know it … I’ve compiled a map to hundreds of literary locations throughout the country … and Ireland … and Europe … and the USA!  Oh well, it beats working, I suppose.

I have tried to only feature places that are accessible to the public.  Most of them are museums, churches or pubs.  Some of them are guest houses or hotels.  Many of them are run by enthusiasts who are very welcoming and keen to discuss their favourite authors and their work with you (this isn’t always the case and I will write about my – and others’ – experiences at Clouds Hill in a future post.) I have avoided private homes as I don”t want to encourage people to march over someone’s property.  If I have included your home in my list, I will remove it from the map if you contact me, as long as you first acknowledge what an exceedingly lucky person you are.

I do not pretend that this is a comprehensive guide to all the literary locations throughout the UK.  It is merely a collection of some that I’ve visited or heard about.  If I’ve missed off anything important, please let me know and I’ll add it.  Similarly, If I’ve included something that really shouldn’t be there, I’ll remove it. Many, many pubs throughout the country and particularly in London claim to have once been Charles Dickens’s local hostelry (unless you’re in Dorset, when it’s Thomas Hardy) and lots of stately homes claim to be “the inspiration for …” without any real evidence.  I have tried to avoid these and stuck to places with real literary connections.

2 thoughts on “Map of Literary Locations

  1. While central Edinburgh has well known literary sites, the suburbs often get overlooked. These three might be of interest to you – Corstorphine Hill Tower, which is a memorial Walter Scott (much less well known than the one on Princes Street. It gets opened up in the summer every Sunday); the Kidnapped Statue in Murrayfield, and also another Robert Louis Stevenson memorial in Colinton churchyard.

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