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Sherlock Holmes and the curious case of the author's ruined mansion

Photo credit: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/sherlock-holmes-and-the-curious-case-of-the-authors-ruined-mansion-6283413.html

There is a feature article in the Independent on Undershaw.

Selected highlights cut and pasted from the Independent website:

Campaigners fighting to save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's crumbling former home have been boosted by a High Court decision to allow a judicial review of a case that might have tested the wit of the author's most famous creation.

Undershaw, the house Conan Doyle had built at Hindhead, Surrey, was where he wrote The Hound Of The Baskervilles and many other Sherlock Holmes stories. The Scottish author and his family occupied Undershaw from 1897 to 1907. After Conan Doyle sold the house in 1921, it was run for many years as a hotel. However since its acquisition by a property speculator in 2004, it has fallen into disrepair. Were Conan Doyle to return to his old home today, he would be distressed by the spectacle. Most of the windows, including that of the study at which he sat writing The Hound Of The Baskervilles, are either smashed or boarded-up.

Waverley District Council has given planning permission for the house to be divided into three separate dwellings, with five more homes to be built in the grounds. The Undershaw Preservation Trust wants the building preserved as a single dwelling. Many point to the site's tourism potential as a museum dedicated to the man whose most famous character continues to fascinate film-makers.

To read the feature article in full, follow the link:

Photo credit: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/sherlock-holmes-and-the-curious-case-of-the-authors-ruined-mansion-6283413.html
Tags: arthur conan doyle, sherlock holmes
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