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Groombridge Place – Sherlock Holmes and The Valley of Fear
Tuesday, September 1, 2015 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Celebrate Conan Doyle Month at Groombridge Place
Every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday throughout September tickets will be available for ‘Sherlock Holmes and The Valley of Fear’ guided tour (1pm and 2pm). Tickets £2.50 per person, available in advance or on the day
Groombridge Place near Royal Tunbridge Wells will be celebrating its connections with the famous writer and creator of Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A special programme of fascinating tours, talks and performances will take place throughout September.
Conan Doyle was a Crowborough resident and was friends with the owners of Groombridge Place during the early 1900s. He visited the house frequently as a guest and used it as inspiration for his popular full-length Holmes novel ‘The Valley of Fear’ in 1914. The house is meticulously and beautifully described by Doyle- who sets a brutal murder here in the first part of the story. Conan Doyle was interested in the supernatural, and often came to Groombridge Place to take part in séances with the owners Louisa and Eliza Saint. He claims to have met a ghost here, and was the first person to describe our resident ghost ‘The Ostler’.
Explore how Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set his fourth Sherlock Holmes novel at Groombridge Place.
The tour will take you on a literary journey through the formal gardens- identifying key locations where the action takes place: including a gruesome murder; some incriminating eavesdropping; and some expert deductions!
Explore how the locations have changed over time, and how much poetic license Conan-Doyle really used in his atmospheric novel ‘The Valley of Fear’.