Tuesday, 19 February 2013

Sad situation - 12 Tennison Road Up for Sale

I wrote a post last week regarding the fact that Arthur Conan Doyle's former home at 12 Tennison Road - South Norwood is up for auction as (potentially) a conversion prospect (i.e. division into flats). The sale takes place on February 28th 2013.

Recent photo of 12 Tennison Road by yours truly
I have just looked at the websites for the two local papers (Croydon Guardian and Croydon Advertiser) and neither has seen fit to even mention it (or they have buried their coverage so deep that it cannot be located).

This is depressing. Arthur Conan Doyle only lived at the property for around three and a half years (in comparison to ten at Undershaw) but it was during his residence that Sherlock Holmes (and ACD's career as a writer) really took off with the public. It is also where ACD penned Holmes's end in The Final Problem in 1893.

This importance is reflected by the fact that it is at this address that Conan Doyle's English Heritage plaque was erected.


The auctioneers are Barnett Ross and their page for the house can be seen here. Does anyone have a spare £875,000 ?


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.

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

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