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  • Location: England

The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Why a Booktrail?

1859: Who is the mysterious woman in white?

  • Genre: Historical, Mystery

What you need to know before your trail

The Woman in White is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is widely regarded as one of the first (and finest) in the genre of “sensation novels”. The story is sometimes considered an early example of detective fiction with the hero, Walter Hartright, employing many of the sleuthing techniques of later private detectives. Walter Hartright, a young art teacher, meets a mysterious and distressed woman dressed in white. He helps her on her way, but later learns that she has escaped from an asylum

Travel Guide



Most of the locations in the book are fictional  but London Hampstead is obviously real so take care when next walking the Heath incase the Woman in White sees and speaks to you! The TV version which starts on BBC tonight is was filmed in Ireland, in and around Dublin.

Limmeridge House – the Fairlie home is somewhere in the old county of Limmeridge House in Limmeridge, Cumberland. Cumberland is an historic region in North West England that existed from the 12th century until 1974. It was bordered by Northumberland to the east, and it forms part of Cumbria.

Limmeridge House is a beautiful place filled and there’s lots of gothic imagery:

“The view was such a surprise, and such a change to me, after my weary London experience of brick and mortar landscape, that I seemed to burst into a new life and a new set of thoughts the moment I looked at it.”


Sir Percival and Lady Glyde  live at the huge  Blackwater Park in Hampshire. It’s gothic and dreary:

“I discovered that good judges could only exercise their abilities on Sir Percival’s piece of antiquity by previously dismissing from their minds all fear of damp, darkness, and rats.”


Walter meets the woman in white in Hampstead heath when” The London air was its heaviest; the distant hum of the street traffic was at its faintest, the small pulse of the life within me and the great heart of the city around me seemed to be seeking in unison, languidly and more languidly, with the sinking sun.”

Booktrail Boarding Pass:  The Woman in White

Destination : London, England  Author/Guide: Wilkie Collins  Departure Time: 1800s

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