We finished the book, recently and so set off to find the scene of the book.
The Bastables lived in a semi-detached house with a portico on the Lewisham Road, near Blackheath. The Lewisham Road was easy to find but finding a semi, with a portico less so. There are many newish houses and flats. Built, I guess, on bomb sites post-war. The Treasure Seekers was published in 1899 so much may have changed since then. We did find a terraced house with a portico.
So on to Blackheath, the scene of many events in the book.
Was this where Lord Tottenham was ambushed?
Now where we really struggled was identifying the Uncle's house. Blackheath seems to have suffered relatively little from bombing. The description is
The cab went right over the Heath and in at some big gates, and through a shrubbery all white with frost like a fairy frost, because it was Christmas time. And at last we stopped before one of those jolly, big, ugly red houses with a lot of windows."
Now, as far as I can see most houses in Blackheath are built of yellow London brick not red brick and most, to my way of thinking, are anything but ugly. I haven't spent ages looking into this but couldn't find out about possible locations on the internet although, presumably, someone must have looked. I did wonder afterwards, whether we should have spent time looking on the Greenwich side of the Heath.
If anyone knows, I would be delighted to find out.
This is linked to The Field Trip hop and Fantastic Foto Fieldtrips.