Sunday, February 6, 2011

Save Undershaw

Arthur Conan Doyle's house, Undershaw, was the place where he wrote arguably his best novel: Hound of the Baskervilles. However, in recent years it has fallen into disrepair. Unlike the homes of many famous authors, not much has been done to preserve Doyle's home. A new preservation trust is trying to fix that. Writer and actor (and Mycroft) Mark Gatiss is helping out with the project. Here's what he had to say on the trust's website:
“I would like to express my whole-hearted enthusiasm for the campaign to save Undershaw. It seems to me a very sad reflection on our times that the home of one of our greatest and most popular writers should be so neglected and in danger of unsympathetic redevelopment.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle occupied several residences in his prolific and thrilling career, only Undershaw bears the stamp of his massive personality. Here the Hound of the Baskervilles first breathed spectral life and Sherlock Holmes himself was resurrected from the Reichenback Falls. Here Stoker, Barrie and Hornung and many others were entertained. It’s no exaggeration to say that Undershaw was the centre of Doyle’s life during perhaps the most fruitful and fascinating phase of his career. It must be saved and take its place among the sensitively preserved residences of this country’s other literary giants. This is certainly a three-pipe problem but not, I am convinced, an insoluble one.”

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