Being Richard. A novel about an immortal who lives in Surrey.
I thought it would be fun to start building up some visual references for Being Richard so that anyone who lives outside the area can see what kind of landscape the story takes place in.
This first map is of Thundry Meadows near Elstead, Surrey where Sunbeerka a.k.a. Richard Ridley was born. In the map you can clearly see the meandering line of the River Wey and the war time pill box, where the great oak used to stand, is situated near the left hand upwards sweep. I went over to take some photos the other day but the water level was so high where the river had burst its banks that my mission failed. I’ll return at the first opportunity when the sun is shining so that you can see the pill box for yourselves.
This second map is a larger view of Elstead, Surrey where Sunbeerka lives now. Woodman’s Cottage is towards the bottom left of the map moving out of town and you can clearly see the triangular shaped Village Green mentioned at the beginning of chapter 3
“We took Gilbert’s car, a modest saloon, to drive down to Elstead village and buy sugar. I didn’t go in. Too much gossip and tittle-tattle bounced around in corner shops, the lies and hurt erupting from twisted stories something I had learnt to fear and despise. It was raining quite heavily now, the droplets spangling on the windscreen as street lights came on around the village green. Over the years I had seen that patch of grass triangulate as men first walked, then rode, and later drove horse drawn carts or motor vehicles off towards either Farnham or Godalming. If I half closed my eyes I could see their spirits walk past through a blur of eyelashes. Roman soldiers, the monks from Waverley Abbey… oh yes, those damned monks.”
I’ll be adding more maps and visuals as the weeks go by.
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