Behind the Scenes

A Gallery of Sites and Places
The reality behind the fiction
I go to many places to research locations where scenes are set 
- here are a few of them ...
(some are a bit blurry - old camera!)

~ The Sea Witch Voyages ~
~ Sea Witch ~
Voyage One

DORSET COAST 
where I planned the story and met Jesamiah Acorne

ABOARD SEA WITCH

thank you to Sue Bloom for the following seven photos
taken aboard The Rose/ Surprise aka Sea Witch
Captain's Table

where the men ate 

looking towards the bow

the Helm 

on deck 

and so to bed 


The Rose 
I based Sea Witch on the tall ship Rose - also known as 
Surprise from the movie Master & Commander

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The following four images are by permission of John F. Millar 
owner & host of Newport House B & B 
Williamsburg, Virginia.
Colonial House
Newport House is in the style of the Colonial period - while not totally authentic in detail (no electricity in the 18th Century ) these images do give an idea of how well-off people would have lived - Jesamiah's home at La Sorenta, for instance, would have these features: he would recognise many things. 
Colonial Ball - The ballroom
Colonial Bedchamber 
(authentic apart from the lamps & air conditioning!)

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a dear friend kindly took these photos
of the Florida Beach - where Jesamiah's ship went down





~ Pirate Code ~
Voyage Two

NASSAU 
My thanks to José Bográn for the lovely photos of Nassau! 


approaching Nassau - sunset 

 Nassau Harbour
View from the cannon mount at Fort Fincastle (c 1793).

Cannon mount at Fort Fincastle. 
These are replicas, the original weaponry was sent back to England.

View of the other end of Fort Fincastle. 
Fun fact: the castle was shaped to look as a seagoing ship.

View from the bottom of the Queen’s Staircase. 
Carved by slaves in the 18th Century 
(after Jesamiah's time)

Market stalls at the bottom of Queen’s Staircase


Thank you to Crysaa Bazos for these next photos:



KLegend has it that this was Blackbeard's Tower on Nassau where he would keep watch on shipping coming in and out of harbour. It is unlikely to have been Blackbeards - but it was a watch tower!


This is the view from the base
of the tower facing north.


~ Bring It Close ~
Voyage Three

VIRGINIA

Gov. Alexander Spotswood of Virginia

Hampton Roads - Virginia

WILLIAMSBURG
GOVERNOR'S PALACE
where Jesamiah sat and talked to AAlicia

from John Brush's house

 John Brush's  House


 The Capitol Building

Courtroom

Williamsburg Gaol - from the exercise yard 

Williamsburg gaol -the  window & the "toilet!


The Ocracoke

Photos: Cathy Helms www.avalongraphics.org





~ Ripples In The Sand ~
Voyage Four

A tobacco hogshead 

"Pressed" Tobacco

loading tobacco hogsheads 

DEVON, ENGLAND
Where Ripples In the Sand is set

BARNSTAPLE

Barnstaple Quay

Barnstaple Old Bridge
where Jesamiah met Winnard Doone in the dead of night

Queen Anne's Square
 the jailbreak was just behind here
Barnstaple Quay

APPLEDORE


The Full Moon Inn would have had a similar view

One End Street

Market Street
this corner building (on the left) is where the Full Moon Inn was located.
The buildings on the right would not have been there in the early 1700's




Looking towards Appledore from Instow

 Appledore - On the far side of the estuary, opposite Instow & Crow Point

The Bar
from Appledore towards the sea

INSTOW



Moonlight over Instow

Instow - looking towards Appledore

Instow - where the fictional Tawford Barton is placed



LUNDY ISLAND


Lundy from Hartland Point - a smuggler's haven
You can just see the island of Lundy on the left in the distance

EXMOOR

Doone Valley

NORTHAM - KNAPP HOUSE

Knapp house as it is today
Where John Benson and his son, Thomas lived

Knapp House, (Artist Impression) Devon

 The Lane beside the House
Jesamiah walked down here with Pamela and Thomas
 River Torridge below Knapp House


~ On The Account ~
Voyage Five

Tiola  crosses the Moor to get to Doone Valley
- and meets with an old friend...... and then an enemy

Exmoor
Exmoor  overlooking the sea

Castle Rock

Exmoor Ponies
Llandoger Trow Bristol
1930's & below,. modern day
A well known Smuggler's haunt and said to be
the inspiration for the Admiral Benbow in Treasure Island
two gables were destroyed in WWII bombing

Jesamiah stays here for a couple of nights
and where the adventure starts!


POSSIBLY in 
~ GALLOWS WAKE ~ 
Voyage Six
(not yet written)

The coffee shop - Williamsburg
Duke of Gloucester Street
Situated near the Capitol this will be Alicia Mereno's pride and joy 
(financed with Jesamuiah's diamonds) 
The coffee shop will feature in Voyage Five of the series - On the Account 






~ The MERMAID VOYAGES ~

WHEN THE MERMAID SINGS
Voyage One

PORT ROYAL
reconstructed

(images taken from: http://www.nationalgeographic.com.au/tv/wicked-pirate-city/ )






More information links about Port Royal, Jamaica



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~ The Pendragon's Banner Trilogy ~
The Kingmaking 
Pendragon's Banner 
Shadow of the King 




Glastonbury Tor 
Yns Witrin in the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy
 (note: the tower was built in the 14th Century)
 Cadbury - the entrance as it is today

Cadbury "Castle" - an ancient hillfort
Caer Cadan in the Pendragon's Banner Trilogy


 Tintagel, Cornwall

Modern-Day Aquae Sulis (Bath)



The Roman Baths


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The Saxon Lost Kingdom Series
~ A Hollow Crown / The Forever Queen ~
~ Harold the King / I am the Chosen King ~

US edition of A Hollow Crown
UK edition of The Forever Queen





UK edition of I Am The Chosen Kingg
US edition of Harold The King

YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND
ROBIN HOOD'S BAY

as it is today of course, not 11th Century

the cliffs where Emma climbed up with her baby

ESSEX
WALTHAM ABBEY


The Abbey

The River Lee

SUSSEX
BOSHAM

where Godwine and Harold's Wessex manorhouse was located

near where Cnut tried to turn the tide

Holy Trinity Church

 Battle Abbey and the site of the Battle of Hastings 1066

NORMANDY

Mon Saint Michel

Dives San Mer

CAEN
St Stephens

Duke William's Cathedral

Duchess Mathilda's Abbey
Abbey of Sainte-Trinité, Caen
The Convent

FALAISE

Falaise Castle


6 comments:

  1. WoW! Nice and very useful post this one :) , Thanks - Mobile Marketing

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  2. Thanks for sharing these photos. Neat to replace an imagined image with the actual image of Caer Caden. How exciting that you live in England! I only dream to visit one day... So much history and exquisite beauty in one place!

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    1. Don't stop dreaming Sandra - dreams do, sometimes, come true!

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  3. Now I need to go and read your books over again, lol. Fascinating to see the places you were writing about.

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    1. Re-visiting some of these photos has brought back some happy memories for me Loretta

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