The location of the lord or ladies home in London is always something I spend time over. And each time I then research the square I use or re-research it. Belgrave Square is one that we should not make the mistake of using for the residences of our heroes for it is at the later part of the Regency era that building began and it began to be inhabited.
Previously the area known now as Belgravia was called Five Fields and one of the worst areas in London. Home to thieves and highwaymen and murderers, one supposes that should we be writing a piece with such a rake or ruffian as our hero then this would be quite the appropriate setting.
In the early 1800s Thomas Cubitt began to drain the area for Robert Grosvenor the 2nd Earl Grosvenor and later 1st Marquess of Westminster (1831) A line that later becomes the Dukes of Westminster (The grandson of the lord who developed the Belgrave Square.)The square and section of town get their name from the village of Belgrave in Cheshire which is two miles from the main country seat, Eaton Hall, of the Grosvenors.
The development of the estate in London was to make the Grosvenors one of the richest families in Britain. Most of the houses of the square were occupied by the 1840s. George Basevi designed a series of terraces each made up of eleven grand houses, all white, except the south east terrace with twelve houses. There were also three detached mansions around the central private garden. The Marquess is remembered with a statue in the garden along with several other notables.
Amongst the notables and those who made the square an important location to inhabit was the Duke of Bedford who took up residence at number 6, moving from his homes in Bloomsbury which had lost its cachet. Later in the century many embassies would also take up residence in the square, including the German embassy at #21-23.
Jane Austen and Ghosts
The Kindle version has been out for two weeks. It is also available now at Barnes and Noble for your Nook, or at Smashwords. The iTunes edition is also available as is the trade paperwork version so Jane Austen and Ghosts is now physically in print.
With the availability on the iBookstore for your iPad, and in Trade Paperback, Jane Austen and Ghosts is available at all the outlets that Regency Assembly Press publishes to. The Trade Paperback is now available for $8.99 US and of course available in other currencies for other countries based on that US price. Digital versions across all platforms are $4.99.
A brief synopsis of the story:
In the world of moviemaking, nothing is as golden as rebooting a classic tale that has made fortunes every time before when it has been adapted for the silver screen. Certainly any work by Jane Austen made into a movie will not only be bankable, but also considered a work of art.
That is of course until the current wave of adaptations that unite her classic stories with all the elements of the afterlife is attempted to be created. That these have found success in the marketplace amongst book lovers may not be quite understood by those who make movies. But that they are a success is understood and a reason to make them into movies.
All that being said, perhaps it would also be fair to say that the very proper Jane, were she present to have anything to say about it, would not be pleased. Of course she has been away from this Earth for nearly 200 hundred years. But does that mean were she upset enough, she wouldn’t come back?
Ellis Abbot found stories for tinseltown to make into movies. His most recent find were the batch of stories set in the regency world of Jane Austen. Jane Austen and Monsters.
Meeting with the various authors of those works, it did not seem that Ellis could get one coherent plot of script out of any of them. At least not until he got help from the best source of all.