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Nov 26, 2020

  “I have my eye on a suite in Baker Street [STUD] 

 
In the first part of this two-episode series, we looked at the Baker Street area of Victorian London and the changes that it has seen in the century and a half since that time.
 
This time, we sharpen our powers of observation and search for the specific...


Nov 18, 2020

 “we made our way back to Baker Street [3GAR] 

 
The address is legendary. Synonymous with its famous inhabitant, just as the deerstalker and meerschaum pipe. But it may be just as fanciful as those two accoutrements.
 
This is the first in a two-part discussion of Baker Street of the Victorian era, and where...


Nov 11, 2020

 “Holmes, a child has done this horrid thing [SIGN] 

 
Many of us find our way to the Sherlock Holmes stories as children, yet there is a decided absence of children in the Canon. When we do find them, they tend to be in service of furthering a plot point rather than as fully developed characters.
 
There are...


Nov 4, 2020

 “I desire you to spare no expense and no pains[WIST] 

 
Sherlock Holmes had to go places, see people, investigate things. And doing so meant that he incurred expenses. If we itemized what some of these were—absent the specific amount—what would that tell us about Sherlock Holmes?
 
Where did he go? How did...


Oct 28, 2020

 “Yes, this is the great Agra” [SIGN] 

It's where Jonathan Small met Mahomet Singh, Dost Akbar and Abdullah Khan and together they made a pact known as the Sign of the Four. The Fort of Agra, in the city of the same name.
 
Small described it as a queer and enormous place, with deserted halls and winding passages....