On 15th July 2006 in Happisburgh, Norfolk, a plaque was unveiled by Norman Lamb MP to commemorate Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stay at The Hill House in 1903. It was during Doyle’s visit (whilst being looked after by the Cubitt family) that he wrote’The Adventure of the Dancing Men’, inspired by stickmen figures drawn by the landlord’s son.
The plaque was put in place as part of a scheme devised by the Eastern Daily Press and the Norwich School of Art and Design "to commemorate the visits of cultural icons to Norfolk".
As well as commemorating a much-loved story from the Canon, the unveiling of the plaque provided Norman Lamb MP and local residents with an opportunity to highlight the problems of coastal erosion in the area. If adequate sea defences cannot be installed, Happisburgh may be uninhabitable within the next 25 years.