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Reason for inclusion: Contender for Oldacre’s residence Deep Dene House. Site of ‘the murder’
Accessibility: Private residence visible from the outside.
Description: A red brick, detached Victorian property with a blue plaque to Conan Doyle.
This was actually Conan Doyle’s residence in Norwood between 1891 and 1894 where he wrote 18 of The Sherlock Holmes adventures. He described OIdacre’s house as ‘a big modern villa of staring brick standing back in its own grounds with a laurel-clumped lawn in front of it’. Old pictures show that there was such a lawn at 12 Tennison Road and English Heritage have suggested Conan Doyle used his home as the model for Deep Dene House.