The Trollope Society organised a guided walk through London’s Bloomsbury district taking in key sites from Trollope’s novels and life.
The walk set off from Judd Street, site of the hotel where Mr Kennedy attempted to shoot Phineas Finn. It included Keppel Street where Lady Anna and her mother had lodgings and where the Countess Lovel made an attempt on the life of Daniel Thwaite, her daughter’s would-be suitor. (Who said Trollope didn’t do action?)
Incidentally, Keppel Street is also the site of the house where Anthony was born.
From there the walk took in the Georgian splendour of Bedford Square where Lady Anna was temporarily housed in the safekeeping of Serjeant Bluestone before reaching Great Russell Street where Lady Anna went to her lover in his lodgings.
The walk ended on Chancery Lane at the entrance to Lincoln’s Inn where Anthony spent unhappy hours of his childhood in the chambers of his father at number 23 Old Square, which he described as “dingy, almost suicidal”.