Cecil Court

Cecil Court

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Posted 2011-09-03 by Sandra Lawsonfollow
I've long been fascinated with , an alleyway that runs between St Martin's Lane and Charing Cross Road. The site was originally purchased in 1609, but the first buildings are thought to have been constructed in the 1670s. It was owned by the Cecil family, and was even home to Mozart for a short period of time.



The original was pulled down during the nineteenth century and rebuilt in the 1890s. Its early links were with the film industry: the first tenants included film distributors and suppliers of film equipment leading to the nickname of Flicker Alley. The Court has been used for film locations; Miss Potter, and '84 Charing Cross Road are among the movies filmed there. Noted thespians, such as Ellen Terry and John Gielgud also lived in the flats above the shops.

is now more commonly associated with second hand books. Gilbert and William Foyle opened their first West End bookshop at no 16 in 1904. Business was so successful that they were able to relocate and open the famous Foyle's Bookshop on Charing Cross Road within two years. Their story is related in David Low's autobiography, With All Faults,which includes Graham Greene's introduction: 'thank God! remains .' Greene used to shop for books in the locality.



Modern day is now a book lovers' paradise. Of the thirteen businesses presently trading the connection to the book trade remains a powerful one. Browsers and shoppers can now hunt among first editions, antiquarian and second-hand books.

There are a range of topics available from history to the arts and humanities. You can find early printed books, classical texts and translations, atlases and antique maps, and books on motoring and music. You can also find books on Wicca, spirituality, psychology, alternative medicine, mysticism and eastern religions, as well as Italian literature, books and playbills, and children's books from before World War II.

Goldsboro Books (23/25 ) hold several events and book signings each year and also throw a 'Crime in the Court' evening, when crime writers and their fans can get together. This year the event took place on 21 June. They will also be hosting History in the Court in conjunction with the Historical Writer's Association. This will be on 29 September when lovers of historical and non-historical fiction will be able to meet their favourite writers.

Go and search out for yourself; you may find you are in for a pleasant surprise.

is in London, WC2 close to Leicester Square tube station.

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