Arrowood 3


My editor, Dominic Wakeford at HQ Harper Collins, tells me that book 3 will be published in April, 2020. We had a great discussion about the book the other day: he’s very happy with it. There’s more editing to do, but nothing major.

Originally I wanted it to be called ‘Gravesend‘ but William Boyle published a book with that name in 2018 when I was half way through writing it. So then I named it ‘The Gravesend Queen‘. But my publishers don’t like that title so I’m waiting to hear if they have any suggestions after they’ve read it.

Here are some pictures taken while collecting information for the book. The photos below are an important location in the book. Old Swan Pier used to be here – you can still see the struts in the water and a bit of the entrance. In place of the new buildings would have been warehouses and wharves. It’s right next to London Bridge and Fishmongers Hall.

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From the pier, you would have been able to see Tower Bridge (looking under London Bridge) and Pickfords Wharf opposite.



Here are some photos from the London Docklands Museum.

Copper searching a docker


Limehouse Salvation Army Hostel


Family in Bethnal Green


Inspecting bales of cinnamon in the docks


London Docklands


This is St Saviour’s Dock in Bermondsey. It would have been busy with Thames barges, tugs and lighters back in the 1890s.



Some useful books:

Scenes from Gravesend – all will feature:

Some extracts from The Daily News – 1893 and 1896. Thanks to the British Library.