Welcome to the Gazetteer
Some time ago I had an idea that as we only visit “Sherlockian sites” infrequently and not everyone is available to go on our excellent trips we should add to our website a permanent reference source of sites connected to our hero that people could visit when they wanted to.
This of course is a herculanean task and I would have liked it to be in a more completed state before release but unfortunately the “C virus” took hold and as so many events have been cancelled we decided to let you have something to look at. So please, it is not complete but hopefully gives you a flavour of what the finished result may look like and I will be adding to it.
I am very indebted to Elaine McCafferty for her work on Devon, Ashley Mayo for Hampshire. Nicholas Utechin for Oxford, our webmaster Jonny Hough for translating my ramblings into structure and our Council for their enthusiastic support. I am also very grateful to Thomas Wheeler whose book “GPS guide to The London of Sherlock Holmes” has helped me so much in walking the streets of London. Any errors are of course mine.
As I am sure Holmes would have liked to have said to Watson in Switzerland and a more gracious lady said more recently “We will meet again” and until then I hope this helps fill in some spare time
Do you want to see some of the locations that Sherlockian scholars believe Arthur Conan Doyle used for his stories? We hope this Gazetteer will allow you to do this. You can do this in a number of ways. By accessing the Book “tab” or “icon” you will see a description of the story and locations associated with that story. If you access via “county” you will see all the Sherlockian locations in that county. Alternatively, you can search for an individual place.
Whichever route you take you will then be able to select a location. You will land on the profile page which gives you background information and accessibility. There is also a tab for photos. Here you will see modern photos as well as, where possible, illustrations of the location more contemporary with the actual stories. This is useful as some of the buildings no longer exist or indeed are not accessible.
At all times please respect the owners’ privacy and do check on websites for current opening times.
Do enjoy being in Holmes’ and Watson’s footsteps
“It was not until we had consumed some hot tea at the station, and taken our places in the Kentish train, that we were sufficiently thawed, he to speak and I to listen” (The Adventure of The Abbey Grange)