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  • Reason for inclusion: One of the candidates for ‘The Abbey Grange’.

    Accessibility: The mansion is now the clubhouse of a private golf club. Please contact the club with any request to visit.

    Description: The building in 124 acres of grounds has parts dating from 1717. It was rebuilt in the style of a French chateau and was the residence in exile of the Emperor Napoleon III and his family until 1881.

    Comments: Marsham, the location given to The Abbey Grange does not exist but was the name of a landowner in this area. Camden Place was the scene in 1813 of the brutal murder of the owners by their new footman who battered them to death with a poker (the instrument that Captain Croker uses in defence against Sir Eustace). Also, Conan Doyle appropriated the name of one of the witnesses in this case ‘Randall’ for the gang of supposed burglars. Nevertheless, the house is too close to Chislehurst Station to fit with Watson’s description of the journey. In addition, the architecture does not fit his description and the estate was already a golf club before Conan Doyle wrote the story.

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