Welcome to 84 Charing Cross Road revisited
site was launched in March 2003 and has received over 220000 visits
since its inception. Research and updating is ongoing, albeit rather
slowly and whilst the site is far from complete hopefully there is enough
material here to make your visit worthwhile.
I set out in 2001 to put together a brief history of one of London's,
if not the world's, most famous bookshops, Marks & Co, 84 Charing
Cross Road, London WC2
My research has been carried out intermittently when time has permitted.
I have discovered in the course of my searches that it is much harder
to find information about 'ordinary' people than more famous individuals.
Needless to say I have gone off at a tangent on more than one occasion
as interesting avenues required further investigation. I have decided,
for the time being, to restrict this site to a brief history of the
shop, its owners and the staff in particular those who worked at Marks
& Co from the late 1940's to December 1970 when the business ceased
For the moment stories of war time espionage, Russian spies, 'The Woman
in Blue' and the American actress in London will have to wait until
I have the time to pull all the strands of information together.
For 'fans' of Helene Hanff's book and indeed other interested parties
some of the names of members of staff may seem unfamiliar this is due
to the fact that Ms. Hanff used pseudonyms for those people whom she
had not been able to contact prior to publication.
by the number of emails I've received the site seems to be proving useful
to those involved with productions of the play around the world.
sometime (years in fact!) I have been considering starting a 'Links'
page just to provide a bit of 'added value' for the visitor. I finally
got around to it (August 2007). See the link button on the left side
am aware that the site gets many 'repeat' visitors and so, to make life
a little easier for the returning viewer I have added an 'Updates' page
(July 2009). Here you can monitor the torturously slow process of additions,
amendments and deletions. See the link button on the left side menu
I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the following people:
Sheila Wheeler (Frank's eldest daughter), Mrs Chris Cottrell ('Cecily's'
daughter), Andrea Mercer, Sylvia Mogg, Tony Gilbert, Raymond Kilgarriff,
Jean Desebrock (The Bookdealer), Roy Speirs (ICN Computers), Duncan
Cooper, Paul Robinson, Simon Harvey (Arts Etc), Susan S., Kris Karas,
Marilyn Ritchings, Kate Russell & The BBC ClickOnline team, Max
Newmann, Elaine Lee, Michael Richards, Naomi Caryl, Maxine Stuart, Jim
Lennie & Rob Fuller at the Edinburgh People's Theatre, Carlos Moura,
Peter Lobbenberg, Paul Hammick.
anyone can help fill in the gaps or add to what is already here please:
with any information or questions.
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