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Undershaw featured in The Daily Telegraph
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

I am the London rep for the Undershaw Preservation Trust (UPT) and I am responsible for all UPT publicity in the London area. Mark Gatiss is the Patron of UPT. On Saturday 19 March, UPT was featured in The Daily Telegraph in the Homebuyers' Guide Supplement.

The Telegraph piece is entitled "Could Sherlock Holmes hold the key to Hindhead's future?".

Hindhead has also hit the headlines lately due to controversy surrounding a house built south of the crossroads by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1897. The author, whose wife suffered from tuberculosis, chose the village for its fresh air and wonderful views and helped to design a handsome family home on a three-acre site.

Undershaw - so named because it was downhill from George Bernard Shaw's place - became a hotel in 1924, then fell into disrepair after investors bought the property in 2004. Last June, Waverley Borough Council approved plans to divide the main building into three town houses, and build five further homes on the site.

Both locals and the literary world have raised objections, and in December the Undershaw Preservation Trust (www.saveundershaw.com), founded by Conan Doyle scholar John Gibson, launched judicial review proceedings.

The trust, which is awaiting a date for the hearing, wants to see the house kept as a single dwelling - whether as a home, a hotel or an attraction that could put Hindhead on the map for a better reason other than traffic jams.