If you are a typical website for an organisation or venue that expects people to visit you, then a page with guidance on how to find you is de-rigueur.

Most will have an address, maybe a few lines of directions of how to get to the place from local train stations (or airports if pretentious) – and usually a map.

Sometimes the map will be a simple line drawing made up by the graphics team. Sometimes it is a gloriously produced map drawn up by a specialist map company – and sometimes it is a simple, but effective link to Google Maps or similar.

Just occasionally – you get something wonderful.

Cecil Court is an alley in central London lined with antiquarian booksellers and as befits a location with considerable heritage, their find us page doesn’t rely on a crude modern map.

They have actually collected ten maps, ranging from a 1572 plan of London to a 1935 map displayed inside the local Leicester Square tube station and put the whole lot onto a single page on their website.

Not only does it convey the physical location in a visually pleasing manner, it also reminds people of the long heritage of the shopping street.

It also results in map geeks like me getting rather excited and blogging about it.

Frankly, it is a genius way to explain how to find a venue.

In unrelated news, this coming weekend, there will be a festival of silent film related events happening along the street.

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  1. Thanks for this; I was a long time finding it, but it just made my evening! That’s exactly what I wanted to convey (incidentally, those are all photos of maps I had in stock). The main history page is due another big overhaul as soon as I have time (for example, Horwood’s map has just proved itself yet again in helping pinpoint the precise location of Mozart’s first London address, in 1764). Incidental historical nuggets also crop up on our Facebook page, and bear in mind that I’m always looking for more information about the street. As you’ve indicated, there’s nothing typical about Cecil Court!

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