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House of Horror - 12 Tennison Road

If the "South Norwood Tourist Board" is not exaggerating it would seem that 12 Tennison Road - the one-time home of Arthur Conan Doyle - is beyond saving.

It is the inside of the house that appears to be the SNTB's major concern. It reports that all traces of the original Victorian interior are gone and that the house had been divided into a series of  "one room bedsits". These are "in a disgusting condition".

I was well aware that the house had been a hostel for autistic people, some or all of whom attended the nearby (and aptly named) Priory School. According to the SNTB, the company in charge of the hostel had vacated the property over a year ago and the property had been empty since that time. It also wonders at the lack of publicity given to the sale given the house's literary history.

The following is an image of the garden. No internal pictures were posted. Was this at the insistence of the auctioneer? Disturbing parallels with the state of Undershaw.


Back garden of 12 Tennison Road

SNTB original link here

For more information on Arthur Conan Doyle and his time at Undershaw please refer to my book, An Entirely New Country which is available through all good bookstores including Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Classic Specialities, and in all electronic formats including iTunes, Kobo, Nook and Kindle .

The Norwood Author is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Waterstones UK, Amazon UK,  Amazon USA, Barnes and Noble, Amazon Kindle, iBooks for the iPad/iPhone, Kobo Books, Nook.

Close to Holmes is available from all good bookstores, in many formats worldwide including Amazon USABarnes and NobleAmazon UKWaterstones UKAmazon KindleKoboNook  and iBooks for the iPad/iPhone.

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