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  • Reason for inclusion:  The home of Thaddeus Sholto

    Accessibility: Private accommodation. The external façade is accessible at any time.

    Description: The end house in a row of red brick Victorian terrace houses with white mouldings, situated on the corner of Woodquest Avenue.

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    The cab brought Mary Morstan, Holmes, and Watson to this house into which Thaddeus, one of Major Sholto’s two sons, had recently moved. Thaddeus explains he is the person responsible for sending Mary the annual pearl, a gift which he insisted on after his father Major Sholto died. He proposes they travel to Major Sholto’s residence, Pondicherry Lodge in Upper Norwood, to meet his brother Bartholomew. Thaddeus wanted to see Mary treated correctly after the death of her father and has quarrelled with his brother and, as a result, moved out of Pondicherry Lodge.

    Gubyon Avenue was attributed by Bernard Davies based on the journey and description of the house given by Watson and the history of the residential development of this area. Davies argued that for Watson to see the light in the kitchen this had to be an end house. No 13 (originally numbered No 7) has kept its French window and kitchen window.

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