Online Assignment #4: Location Research


In the previous class, you will have been split into three groups that correspond to the three stories on the syllabus for today.  Each student should choose a location from the assigned story, research it using online scholarly sources on Victorian London, and write a blog post about how and why that background information about the location affects our understanding of the story.


9/10 by 12pm (noon) 

List of Locations:

“In Dull Brown”:

Green Park

Piccadilly Circus

Waterloo Place

Regent Street

Oxford Street

Berners Street

“A Lost Masterpiece”:


London Bridge

Chancery Lane

Charing Cross


1. Choose one spot mentioned in the story you signed up for.

2.  Do a search for your street on Victorian Google Maps ( and then zoom in and take a screenshot (

3. Use a combination of the following sites to learn about the area you have chosen:

“Historical Eye” (
“Old Bailey Online” (
“Charles Booth Online Archive” (
“Locating London” (
“British Histories” (
“London Buildings and Monuments illustrated in the Victorian Web” (

4. Write a blog post about what you’ve learned about the area

a. Include 3-4 specific details about the location
b. Explain the location’s importance to the story in terms of plot and theme.
c. Include screenshots and any other pictures you’ve found that you think will be helpful.
d. To quote from a source without plagiarizing, consult pages 16-17 from Standards and Styles (