The Sherlock Holmes Society of the South West of England
“My brother is very anxious to have the hall inhabited, for he thinks that it is
for the good of the poor folk upon the moor.”
(Beryl Stapleton, The Hound of the Baskervilles.)
There are few places outside the city of London which can boast as many connections
to the stories of Sherlock Holmes as does the south west region of England. No less
than three stories are set there including the famous Hound of the Baskervilles,
the above passage from which we take our name.
The passage refers to Baskerville hall upon Dartmoor but the plural use of Moors
in our title extends our range to include the lesser known Exmoor and BodminMoors
which, though smaller, are both similarly desolate and forbidding places and would
have been known to Conan Doyle who himself lived and worked in the area. He shared
a medical practice in Plymouth, and would have set up his own practice at Tavistock,
on Dartmoor, had it not already been over saturated by the profession.
The other stories set in the area are Silver Blaze and The Devil's Foot, and our
society has made a special study of these particular stories but our membership is
world wide and, as such, we show a typical interest in anything Sherlockian. We publish
a biannual journal entitled The Torrwhich is free to members and includes a whole
variety of articles dedicated to the exploits of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John
H. Watson and the times in which they lived. We have also published several Monographs
and pamplets on various Sherlockian topics.
The society also hosts a number of Events with Sherlockian themes in and around the
area so that our members have a chance to meet and converse.
With the help of this web site we would like to reach new potential members world
wide to provide a friendly and informal focus for anyone with an interest in the
great detective and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Whether you are a new devotee
of the stories or a seasoned scholar, The Poor Folk Upon The Moors will have plenty
to interest and entertain you. Feel free to veiw our Society news and to contact
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