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nelly
05-08-2012, 10:20 PM
Splored with SK, Jane Doe, Trog and Peaches
Massive bigs to SK for lending me an exterior shot, I actually forgot to take one :)

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Undershaw Manor was the home of Sherlock Holmes writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the house was built in 1897 and was designed by Doyle himself.

Doyle chose an elevated spot for his new home because he believed that the fresh breezes of this hilly part of Surrey would cure his poor wife, Louise, of her ill health. Louise suffered from the terrible disease of consumption (or as we now call it, TB).

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It was at Undershaw that Doyle wrote may of his famous Sherlock Holmes novels including The Hound of the Baskervilles and entertained friends such as Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) and J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

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Undershaw was converted into a hotel not long after Doyle sold it until it sclosed in 2004 and it has been derelict ever since

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There is a massive campaign to save Undershaw, it is currently owned by an investment company and there have been a string of legal battles over the building

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Planning applications and objections, the preservationist want to preserve it as a museum to Conan Doyle but the local council have said they don't have the money to purchase it (1.5m in 2010)

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During December 2010, the Undershaw Preservation Trust instigated judicial review proceedings at the High Court of Justice, in an attempt to overturn the decision by Waverley Borough Council to permit the conversion of Undershaw into flats.

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On May 30, 2012, the High Court overturned the redevelopment of Undershaw due to legal flaws. The council's decisions to grant planning permission and listed building consent must be quashed.

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Futher info on the Undershaw Preservation Trust can be found here
http://www.saveundershaw.com/

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Clough
06-08-2012, 06:58 AM
Nice one as per Sir! You and SK doing tons of fine shit at mo

birdinanaviary
06-08-2012, 06:58 AM
Love the last shot nelly
Nice find

Lisajane79
06-08-2012, 10:24 AM
Thanks for sharing..
Loving your report!
I wonder if this is where Arthur Conan Doyle is alleged to have poisoned Bertram Fletcher Robinson his best friend and fellow author. It is said that Conan Doyle stole the story The Hound of The Baskervilles from Fletcher and his body is still to be resumed and tested for laudanum poisoning.

coops
06-08-2012, 05:48 PM
Awesome as always ..love your stuff mate :thumb

nelly
06-08-2012, 06:12 PM
Thanks for sharing..
Loving your report!
I wonder if this is where Arthur Conan Doyle is alleged to have poisoned Bertram Fletcher Robinson his best friend and fellow author. It is said that Conan Doyle stole the story The Hound of The Baskervilles from Fletcher and his body is still to be resumed and tested for laudanum poisoning.

I didn't know about this, just been having a mooch about it :)

Bertram Fletcher Robinson died aged just 36 years and 153 days on 21 January 1907, at 44 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, London. The official cause of his death is recorded as 'enteric fever (3 weeks) and peritonitis (24 hours)'. Others with a bent for the occult bizarrely attributed his death to a curse linked with an Egyptian artifact called the Unlucky Mummy.

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Claims had been made that Fletcher-Robinson was poisoned by Conan Doyle to cover up an adulterous affair the author had with his wife and to hide the fact that he stole the plot of the Hound of the Baskervilles from the journalist.

The accusations were the results of research carried out by former driving instructor Rodger Garrick-Steele who wanted to exhume the corpse from its place of rest at Ipplepen near Newton Abbot and test it for traces of poison.

Now Sir Andrew McFarlane, the chancellor of the ecclesiastical court, has ridiculed Mr Garrick- Steele's research and branded the historian "totally unreliable".

The theory that Conan Doyle murdered his friend to hide his plagiarism attracted worldwide attention from fans of the author.

At the time of his death it was recorded that Fletcher-Robinson, who was a Daily Express journalist, died at the age of 36 from typhoid fever and peritonitis following a visit to Paris.

ROYALBOB
06-08-2012, 11:48 PM
Quality as usual fella, cracking write up, top pics!