Plaque: Earlforward's bookshop
The Amwell Society
Near this site stood Henry Earlforward's bookshop in Arnold Bennett's 1923 novel "Riceyman Steps" set in Clerkenwell.
Arnold Bennett Society
London Ryan Hotel
Roy Hattersley, a Bennett enthusiast, unveiled the plaque.
Site: Earlforward's bookshop (1 memorial)
WC1, King's Cross Road, Travel Lodge
The book, published in 1923, contains a vivid description of this area in 1919, just after WWI. The Riceyman Steps themselves are modelled on the steps leading up to Granville Square from King's Cross Road.