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The Problem of Thor Bridge

The story takes place in October but there are different views as to the year -1883, 1885-6, 1894-1898 and 1900-1901 have all been offered. The story was published in The Strand Magazine in February and March 1922. Holmes and Watson are approached by Neil Gibson, the greatest gold-mining magnate in the world to prove the innocence of Miss Grace Dunbar, his children’s governess to whom he is attracted. She has been accused of the murder of his wife which took place on Thor Bridge which crossed a lake in his grounds. The circumstantial evidence appears damning…

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    The Plough

    If one subscribes to the view that Avington Park is Neil Gibson's estate then Itchen Abbas to which Holmes and Watson travelled to/from Winchester and The Plough is where they stayed after Holmes explained to Watson how Mrs Gibson's death occurred

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    HM Prison Winchester

    This is the prison in which Miss Grace Dunbar would have been held pending her trial during “The Problem of Thor Bridge” and it was to here that Holmes obtained "the necessary permits" to visit

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    Winchester Railway Station

    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"