Appears in many of the stories as being used by characters going to destinations in the South of England from London and vice versa.
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches
The Adventure of the Copper Beeches”, story is set in Spring 1890 and was published in The Strand Magazine in June 1892. Holmes and Watson are approached by Miss Violet Hunter about her accepting the post of a governess to look after the son of Jephro Rucastle who with his wife lives in The Copper Beeches near Winchester. The salary is large but the conditions she has to meet are bizarre. Following an urgent request for help, Holmes and Watson travel to Winchester to resolve the problem.
Identified by David Hammer and Peter Horrocks as "The Copper Beeches"
The buildings are on the site of The Black Swan Hotel in which Holmes and Watson had lunch with Violet Hunter Following her summons " Please be at the Black Swan Hotel at Winchester at midday tomorrow, it said. Do come! I am at my wits’ end”.
It was to this station that Watson and Holmes travelled from London on the cases of Silver Blaize, The Copper Beeches and Thor Bridge It was here in “The Adventure of the Copper Beeches” that Jethro Rucastle told Miss Violet Hunter “I shall meet you with the dog-cart at Winchester. Let me know your train”. On being summoned, Watson announced “There is a train at half-past nine, said I, glancing over my Bradshaw. It is due at Winchester at 11.30.” In "Silver Blaize" we find that "Four days later Holmes and I were again in the train, bound for Winchester to see the races for the Wessex Cup. Colonel Ross met us by appointment outside the station and we drove in his drag to the course beyond the town." In "The Problem of Thor Bridge" Holmes looked at his watch: "I have no doubt we can get the permits this morning and raech Winchester by the evening train"