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  • Reason for inclusion: The first scholar to advance a case for Holmes’s alma mater being Oxford was Ronald Knox in his seminal essay ‘Studies in the Literature of Sherlock Holmes’ (1911). He stated that he believed Holmes attended Christ Church. Roger Lancelyn Green stated Holmes left Cambridge after two years and embarked on a new course of study at Christ Church Oxford.

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    Description: Founded in 1546, one of the most prestigious colleges with 13 British Prime Ministers (inc Gladstone), philosophers (eg John Locke), reformers (eg John Wesley) and scientists (eg Robert Hooke) amongst its alumni. The only Oxbridge college to also be a cathedral

    Comments: Ronald Knox seems to have named Christ Church due to its prestige, elitism and wealthy clientele which he stated explained Holmes’ isolationism when at university. Roger Lancelyn Green however quotes both a Holmes (R E H Holmes) and a Musgrave as being at Christ Church. Also Charles Lutwidge Dodgson referred to students keeping dogs at Christ Church. If Holmes studied here Lewis Carrol would have taught him mathematics!

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