History in the Court with Goldsboro Books

On August 6, 2011, in Books, History, by Milo

Goldsboro Books have officially launched the History in the Court website and advise that tickets for this event, in association with the The Historical Writers’ Association, are now available! So what are you waiting for? Following the great success of Crime in the Court why not be part of History and join David Headley and Goldsboro Books on the 29th September, 2011 for this inaugural event. For more information please read on ….

History in the Court

History in the Court

Long before Cecil Court became the home for Goldsboro Books it has a history that makes it the world famous street it is today. Cecil Court was laid out in the late seventeenth-century, filling in open land between St Martin’s Lane and Leicester Square as London spread steadily west. It is still owned by the family from which it takes its name, the Cecil family of Hatfield House in Hertfordshire, who are the descendants of Robert Cecil, created first Earl of Salisbury by James I after he smoothed over the transition from the house of Tudor to that of the Stuarts. History in the Court

Cecil Court may have been “fit for good inhabitants” but we have good reason to suppose that eighteenth century Cecil Court was not an especially salubrious address. The Proceedings of the Old Bailey, fully searchable online, give an insight into life in the street at the time, whenever the inhabitants fell foul of the law. Residents crop up regularly in the trial transcripts, mostly for petty theft but also for highway robbery, forgery and arson. In 1735 Elizabeth Calloway, keeper of a Brandy Shop in Cecil Court where her clientele could be found “drinking, smoking, and swearing, and running up and down Stairs till one or two in the Morning” seemingly over-insured her goods and set the place alight. Her neighbours’ houses were also burned to the ground while she sat smoking her pipe and drinking good Sussex beer with friends a few streets away.    It was the first London address of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and his family (1764-5), arguably where he composed his first symphony.

We are still awaiting confirmation of attendance by some authors but there are already 30 authors confirmed. We look forward to welcoming you to this inaugural event.

Authors confirmed for the event are as follows (more to be confirmed!)

James Aitcheson, Michael Arnold, AL Berridge,  Richard Blake,  Nick Drake, Angus Donald,  Stella Duffy,  James Forrester, Essie Fox,  Iain Gale, Adrian Goldsworthy, Seth Hunter, Michael Jecks,  Nigel Jones,  Ben Kane, Mark Keating, Giles Kristian,  Robert Low,  Karen Maitland,  Fiona Mountain,  Thomas Penn, Anthony Riches,  Hallie Rubenhold,  C J Sansom, Guy Saville,   Manda Scott,  Harry Sidebottom, Russell Whitfield,   James Wilde, A. N. Wilson,  Laura Wilson, Robyn Young.

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