Undershaw with Mary and Kingsley Conan-Doyle in the driveway 1897
I love Victorian Architecture, the grandness of it, the attention to detail, the municipal building, parks, gardens, stately homes, and houses. Our Heritage is something that should be preserved for generations.
I am a rather big admirer of Sherlock Holmes, The great detective as portrayed on television superbly by Jeremy Brett, on audio book superbly by Clive Merrison and of course written superbly by Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle.
Clearly Holmes is still very relevant as the Robert Downey Jr movies and the BBC Sherlock series prove which makes it even sadder when the former residence of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his family
Here he wrote ‘The Hound of the Baskervilles’ and ‘The Return of Sherlock Holmes’ and entertained many notable people, including Bram Stoker, the author of ‘Dracula’, J M Barrie, the creator of ‘Peter Pan’, and the young Virginia Woolf. The Undershaw Preservation Trust
It is also a great example of late Victorian Architecture (as you can see by the image at the top of the article) is left to fall apart.
So the campaign is on to save Undershaw in the guise of the The Undershaw Preservation Trust. A brief history of the house from TUPT:
‘Undershaw’ was built by Conan Doyle so that his invalid wife Louise, who was suffering from tuberculosis, could benefit from Hindhead’s healthy micro climate and glorious views down the Nutcombe Valley to the South Downs. Nestling in its three acre plot, Doyle himself drafted the first designs of the house, before passing them on to architect and friend Joseph Henry Ball to complete. Doyle had many inspired ideas for his family’s new home, especially the installation of an electric plant (somewhat a rarity in those days) and a magnificent railway in the grounds that proved a constant joy to his children. (More information about the monorail is currently being researched).
Undershaw’s location added a few more years to Louise’s life, but she eventually died in 1906 and is buried in the local Grayshott churchyard along with Doyles mother and later being joined by her daughter Mary, who died unmarried in the 1970s, and son Continue reading