Edgware Road

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In “A Scandal in Bohemia,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle briefly refers to Edgware Road in regards to the Church of St. Monica where Irene Adler marries Godfrey Norton.  Based on the Wikipedia article, “Edgware Road is a major road through north-west London, starting at Marble Arch in the City of Westminster (south end) and running north-west to Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet.”

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The first source that I used in order to learn more about this area was the “Charles Booth Online Archive” in order to view what the economic status was like during the time that the Sherlock Holmes stories were written.  Based on this archive, I discovered that in this particular area the colors that are present on the map are mainly red and yellow.  Based on the legend of the Charles Booth Online Archive, the red represents the middle class and well-to-do people and the yellow represents the upper-classes and very wealthy.  This particular detail about the area correlates with “A Scandal in Bohemia” because Irene Adler is a well-known American opera singer and in the story, she is going to marry a very well-to-do lawyer named Godfrey Norton, therefore, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle chooses this place from the London area in order to really show what Edgware Road was like because Church of St. Monica is a very elegant church.

The second source that I used to learn more about this area was “Locating London’s Past” in order to view how much criminal activity was occurring in this particular area of London when the Sherlock Holmes stories were written. Based on “Locating London’s Past,” between 1800-1819 there were 21 instances of criminal activity on Edgware Road; 21 is a relatively low number.  Therefore, this particular detail about the area relates to “A Scandal in Bohemia” because when Irene Adler, Godfrey Norton, and Sherlock Holmes are on Edgware Road, it is not because a crime was committed, but rather for a wedding.  Moreover, this further emphasizes the daily activity that took place on this particular road, one of which was not much crime.

The third source that I used to learn more about Edgware Road was “The Historical Eye” in order to view what was located in that area when the Sherlock Holmes stories were written.  According to “The Historical Eye”,  the Marble Arch stood in front of the entrance leading to Buckingham Palace, “bearing the Royal banner of England.”  Moreover, the Marble Arch is a very important landmark near Edgware Road.  Therefore, this particular detail correlates to Edgware Road in “A Scandal in Bohemia” because the Marble Arch is a very important and ravishing landmark which shows the wealth of the area and it is understandable why Irene Adler and Godfrey Norton get married at the church on Edgware Road because they are wealthy and they want to have a perfect and prosperous setting.  Below is a screenshot of the Marble Arch circa 1896 from “The Historical Eye”.

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