Throughout our journey in building the Becoming Jane Fansite, Rachel and I found many coincidences that, as they were too many of them, do not look like real coincidences. Linda also keeps delivering me documents that support the non-coincidences of some facts. It’s just spooky. Eve Stewart, the Becoming Jane production designer, also found such ‘coincidence’ during her hunt for a Georgian house in
For Stewart, perhaps the most satisfying find of all was the house on
Spooky indeed. I mean, if you find Tom’s name on a court document, that is not surprising, for he was the Chief Justice of Ireland anyway. But on a stained glass window? Brrr…Just FYI, Tom Lefroy often resided at Leeson Street while staying in Dublin (Memoir of Chief Justice Lefroy). That's about 1.5 miles away from Henrietta Street, southeasterly.
By the way,
In the mid 1700s, the street was inhabited by five peers, a peeress, a peer's son, a judge, a member of parliament, a Bishop and two wealthy clergymen as well as Luke Gardiner himself. At the top end of the street next to the Kings Inns is the Law Library designed by Frederick Darley in 1827. This replaced three of the oldest houses on the street. A proposal by Abercrombie for a National Cathedral in this area would have meant the demolition of the street with the Kings Inns forming one side of a large piazza.