Book Locations

The Whitstable Pearl Mystery

Whitstable Harbour

Whitstable Harbour

“Living in Whitstable with its pebbled beach, harbour and varied demographic of locals and newcomers always made Pearl question the point of  paying for a summer break elsewhere…”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

Dead Man’s Corner

Whitstable Harbour

“The  crowds had now moved on to the large south facing deck  at Dead Man’s Corner which was fulfilling its new purpose as a stage,…”

Photograph © 2017 Jane Bowell

Beach huts on Tankerton Slopes

Beach huts on Tankerton Slopes

“…Pearl took the opposite direction, casting her eye over a colony of beach hut whose brightly painted decks and porches pointed straight out to sea….”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

Fish Slappers

Beach huts on Tankerton Slopes

“Dolly had once rehearsed there with an eccentric group of women dancers known as the Fish Slappers…….”

Photograph © 2017 Jane Bowell

Starboard Light Alley and the The Favourite

Starboard Light Alley and the The Favourite

“…she ducked quickly into the darkness of Starboard Light Alley where, at the side of her own cottage, an old oyster yawl sat permanently moored…”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

The Street (of Stones)

The Street (of Stones)

“No-one could say for certain how this spit of shingle had sprung into existence: some believed it to be the remains of a Roman road built on land that had subsequently been surrendered to the sea…”

Photograph © 2017 Peter Tarry

The Beach at Seasalter

The beach at Seasalter

“Although Seasalter lay only two miles west of Whitstable and boasted a fine Michelin-starred restaurant in an old coastal pub, it always seemed to Pearl to be an isolated spot.”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

The Old Neptune Pub

The Old Neptune Pub

“The Neppy as it was known locally, stood in defiance of the elements, immortalised in many paintings, its foundations shifting over the years to support a sloping floor on which customers would appear either giants or Lilliputians depending on which end of the bar they happened to stand….”

Photograph © 2017 Simon J Dunn

The Labour Club

The Labour Club

“As she walked across the lawn towards Windsor House, the music from the Labour Club faded into the distance…”

The Buttermarket at Canterbury

The Buttermarket at Canterbury

“The old marketplace in front of the Cathedral had long since lost its former name of the Bullstake….”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

Squeeze Gut Alley

Squeeze Gut Alley

“Squeezegut as the name suggested, sliced a quick and narrow route through to a row of dwellings a stretch of road known as Island Wall….”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

Grotters on Reeves Beach

Grotters

“…scores of tiny flames glowing in the darkness – festival grotter candles that had been lit at dusk – although the stiffening breeze was causing some to gutter and die…”

Photograph © 2017 June Purkiss

Beacon House

Beacon House

“Beacon House had looked out over the Street for more than a hundred years, having got its name from a signal which had once stood in the garden as a low-water warning to sailors…”

Photograph © 2017 Peter Tarry

Murder on Sea

Kemp Alley and The Old Playhouse

Kemp Alley and The Old Playhouse

Page 2 – Kemp Alley and the old Playhouse

Photograph © 2017 Julie Wassmer

St Alphege Church

St Alphege Church

Page 3 – St Alfred’s Church – inspired by St Alphege Church

Photograph © 2017 WDK

The Rose in Bloom – Joy Lane

The Rose in Bloom - Joy Lane

Page 28-29 – Joy Lane – its connection to the Seasalter Company/smuggling fraternity – and the Rose in Bloom pub

Photograph © 2017 WDK

Wave Crest

Wave Crest

Page 88-89 – the walk from the sea-facing gardens at Whitstable, eastwards taking in Wave Crest, the caravan park at West Beach – the day the sea froze in 1940 – and the beach huts beyond the golf course

Photograph © 2017 WDK

The Battery

The Battery

Page 91 – The Battery on Seasalter beach – one of the important locations used in the book

Photograph © 2017 WDK

The Tudor Tea Rooms

The Tudor Tea Rooms

Page 124 – The Tudor Tea Rooms on Harbour Street

Photograph © 2017 WDK

Starvation Point

Starvation Point

Page 130: “A gust of cold wind blew up from the harbour, whistling its way across the triangular piece of green at Starvation Point, its name echoing a time when hungry seamen desperate for work, would congregate there in the hope of being hired for a sea voyage.”

Photograph © 2017 WDK

May Day Murder

Whitstable Castle

Whitstable Castle

“…the castle at Tankerton was in fact an old manor house, built in the late eighteenth century as a summer home for a wealthy Londoner…”

Arden House

Arden House

Arden House

Photograph © 2017 http://theapartmentwhitstable.com

Murder on the Pilgrims Way

On the River Stour

Julie on the banks of the Great Stour River near Chartham - setting for Murder on the Pilgrims Way
Iron footbridge close to the fictional Villa Pellegrini...

“An hour later, once lunch was over, Dolly and Pearl crossed the Great Stour over an old iron bridge that was set with timber planks. Halfway across, they paused to watch the flow of the clear river on its journey eastwards. The banks were edged with sycamore, ash and field maple together with stunning displays of purple loosestrife glowing vibrantly in the sun,

Photographs © 2017 Julie Wassmer

Inspiration for the fictional Villa Pellegrini

Swans on the River Stour
fictional Villa Pellegrini

“he…led the way, back across the driveway towards an area at the rear of the house where several empty loungers were stretched out upon a lush green lawn. A well-kept garden was terraced right down to the river where the tall willow seemed to be craning to listen to running water. Close to a jetty, a woman was seated at a table shaded by a white parasol, her head bent forward as though she might have been reading…”

Photographs © 2017 Julie Wassmer

Tumbling Bay

Tumbling Bay

“Her mother explained: ‘The riverbed was lowered in the 1800s and the point where the old leat, the artificial mill channel, re-joins the river is known around here as Tumbling Bay. Kids used to swim there until a local boy almost drowned. Now there are ‘deep water’ signs to warn of the danger…'”

Photographs © 2017 Julie Wassmer

Field patterns in the countryside near Chartham

Whitstable Castle

Field patterns in the countryside near Chartham

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Whitstable beach.

Whitstable Castle

Whitstable beach.

Photographs © 2017 Sally Laker

Poppy lane. Chartham Downs

Whitstable Castle

Poppy lane. Chartham Downs

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Whitstable Harbour.

Whitstable Castle

Whitstable Harbour.

Photographs © 2017 Simon J Dunn

Disappearance at Oare

Evening view out to Seasalter from Whitstable

Whitstable Castle

Evening view out to Seasalter from Whitstable

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Mysterious sunset light from Seasalter out to Sheppey

Whitstable Castle

Mysterious sunset light from Seasalter out to Sheppey

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Oare Marshes and Sailing Barge

Whitstable Castle

Oare Marshes and Sailing Barge

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Oare Marshes on the Swale

Whitstable Castle

Oare Marshes on the Swale

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Oare Marshes. Birdwatching wetlands.

Whitstable Castle

Oare Marshes. Birdwatching wetlands.

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Reculver Towers, Reculver, near Herne Bay.

Whitstable Castle

Reculver Towers, Reculver, near Herne Bay.

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

The renovated pier at Herne Bay

Whitstable Castle

The renovated pier at Herne Bay

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Sailing Barge.

Whitstable Castle

Sailing Barge.

Photographs © 2017 Bernadette Fisher

Seasalter.

Whitstable Castle

Seasalter.

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

The old slipway at Oare

Whitstable Castle

The old slipway at Oare looking across to Sheppey.

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

View across to Sheppey.

Whitstable Castle

View across to Sheppey.

Photographs © 2017 Kentish Dweller

Shell Beach near Shellness on Sheppey.

Whitstable Castle

Shell Beach near Shellness on Sheppey.

Photographs © 2017 Julie Wassmer

The slipway at Oare with skiff.

Whitstable Castle

The slipway at Oare with skiff.

Photographs © 2017 Simon J Dunn

At Faversham Creek doing research for Disappearance at Oare.

Whitstable Castle

At Faversham Creek doing research for Disappearance at Oare

Photographs © 2017 Julie Wassmer