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Evelina Hospital For Sick Children, Southwark

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My research for the fourth novel in the Flora Maguire Mysteries series brought my amateur sleuth  to the year 1904 - the year the Entente Cordial with France was signed, and Frederick Henry Royce meets with Charles Stewart Rolls to start their exclusive motor car factory.  I discovered the Evelina Hospital in Quilp Street off the Southwark Bridge Road in one of the poorest areas in Victorian London.

In December, 1866, Evelina de Rothschild, [Evy] the English,wife of Austrian Baron Ferdinand James Anselm de Rothschild, gave birth to a premature son following a railway accident. The baby was stillborn and Evelina died later the same day. In her memory, Ferdinand built, equipped and endowed the Evelina Hospital for Sick Children.

That area of Southwark was the scene of Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist, where Bill Sykes is chased to his death in The Rookery.  The pollution from the docks, leather works, spice wharves and factories combined with poor sanitation to make children die of inf…

The Woulfes of Loxsbeare

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The Rebel's Daughter and The Goldsmith's Wife  now available in paperback

Helena Woulfe's adventures in 17th Century Devon and London during the days of the Monmouth Rebellion and The Glorious Revolution Books We Love

Review-The Lost Child by Ann Troup

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