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  • Reason for inclusion: Visited by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1901. Reputed to be a source of inspiration for The Hound of the Baskervilles.

    Accessibility: A private house but can be seen from the road. The grounds are sometimes open in the summer for open air concerts

    Description: Cromer Hall is the home of the Cabbell Manners family. The original hall was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in the 1820s in Gothic revival style. During their visit to Cromer, Conan Doyle and Bertram Fletcher Robinson had dinner with Benjamin Cabbell at Cromer Hall. During dinner Cabbell told them about his ancestor, Richard Cabbell – Lord of Brook Manor and Buckfastleigh in Devon – who had been killed by a devilish dog. The story went that Richard Cabbell’s wife had been unfaithful and that, after beating her, she had fled out onto Dartmoor. Cabbell pursued her and stabbed her – but while committing the murder his wife’s faithful dog attacked him and tore out his throat. The ghost of the dog was said to haunt Dartmoor and to reappear to each generation of the Cabbell family. It is believed that Richard Cabbell became the model for the evil Hugo Baskerville (see entry for Devon). It is claimed that the house itself also gave Sir Arthur Conan Doyle ideas for some of the features of Baskerville Hall. Until 1987 it possessed a Yew tree alley as does Baskerville Hall

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