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  • Reason for inclusion: Setting of the “great convict prison” which housed Selden the Notting Hill Murderer and from where he escaped and also the National Park Centre formerly The Grand Duchy Hotel where Sir Arthur and Fletcher Robinson stayed and where Sir Arthur started to write part of the story

    Accessibility: There is a car park 5 minutes walk away from The National Park Centre and also a Car Park at the Dartmoor Prison Museum. The authorities in charge of Dartmoor Prison are also, understandably, concerned about the security of their premises, although there is a prison museum, please check opening times on their website ( It is possible to arrange a tour of the Napoleonic Prisoners of War cemeteries outside the actual prison walls but this must be booked through the Prison Museum in advance

    Description: The National Park Centre has a display with models of Sir Arthur, Sherlock Holmes and the Hound. The Prison Museum has displays and information dealing with more than 200 years of the prison’s history and prison life, ranging from the beginning, when Dartmoor was a Prisoner of War Depot for French and American prisoners of war, to the later convict era through to today. One of the prison buildings visible from the road is where the mounted prison warders who hunted Selden were stationed. You can only get up close to this if you book a tour at the prison museum. The Princetown warders were the last armed prison wardens in the UK and still were armed and patrolling on horseback in the 1960s

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