The location of the Peters’ rented house in Poultney Square where they were holding Lady Frances. It was from here that she was to be placed into a coffin and buried alive.
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax is attributed to Springtime in the years between 1894 and 1902. The story is one of 8 Sherlock Holmes short stories in ‘His Last Bow’. It was first published in The Strand Magazine in December 1911. Holmes is asked to investigate the disappearance of a middle-aged lady of distinguished family who has been staying abroad in Switzerland for the season. Watson is sent to establish the facts, a journey which takes him to Lausanne, Baden, and Montpellier in which he establishes that Lady Frances is being pursued by a tall, dark bearded man, ‘un sauvage’. On Watson’s return to London, it transpires that it is not the ‘sauvage’ that is the villain but the supposedly saintly Revd Dr Schlesinger known as Holy Peters who Lady Frances has befriended, putting her life in danger.
Location of the undertakers where Peters and his wife ordered the specially constructed coffin in which to bury Lady Frances.
Where the King of Bohemia is staying in London (Scandal in Bohemia), and where The Hon Philip Green stays in “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax ”. It is also where Conan Doyle had a meeting with a magazine editor, Joseph Stoddart, in 1889 and was commissioned to write a story (The Sign of Four).