“A Singular Countryside” – Holmes, Conan Doyle and Norfolk

A Singular Countryside

Edited by Nicholas Utechin, David Jones and Heather Owen

In September the Society revisited Norfolk, to study the two challenging cases which confronted Sherlock Holmes in Nelson’s county. We followed the coded chalk drawings in "The Adventure of The Dancing Men" and traced the locations of Donnithorpe, the home of Squire Trevor in "The Adventure of The Gloria Scott".

Even if you weren't among the party, you should treat yourself to a copy of the Handbook, A Singular Countryside

It features new perspectives on articles from the celebrated volume compiled by Margaret Bird for our first Norfolk trip in 1984. Margaret revisits that ground-breaking Weekend and demonstrates, in her correspondence with Mr Cubitt how Holmesian research should be conducted. (Yes, the Cubitt family is real, and Hilton Cubitt did not exaggerate when said that "there is no better known family in the County of Norfolk.") 

Shirley Purves outlines her compelling research into the exact location of Ridling Thorpe Manor, and Robert Graham gives the background of that Dancing Men and Women photograph. Randall Stock has researched the inspiration for one of the canon’s “most unforgettable titles.” Nick Utechin has fascinating observations concerning the friendship between Holmes and Victor Trevor and he has looked closely at Watson’s style of writing!

A Singular Countryside, with its splendid photographs, will encourage established Holmesians to return to the stories and it provides a timely focus for newer students of The Great Detective.

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