We were on the road with an old AA Box for last week's Sunday Snap. I asked what the full name of the AA was and the answer is
We're in the heart of London for this week's Sunday Snap of Sherlock Holmes. In the first novel A Study in Scarlet Holmes describes himself as a 'consulting detective' – something he sees as quite distinct from a private investigator.
This statue was erected in 1999 near the site of Holmes' fictional address. It was funded by Abbey National whose headquarters at the time covered the site where Holmes' rooms which he rented off Mrs Hudson were. At one stage Abbey National had to employ people to respond to the letters sent to the address.
The sculptor John Doubleday based the clothing worn by Holmes on the illustrations of Sidney Paget. When the Sherlock Holmes stories were first published in the The Strand magazine Paget was hired to illustrate them. He depicted Holmes as wearing an Inverness cape and deerstalker cap – details that the writer Arthur Conan Doyle never mentioned but have become synonymous with the character. This week's question is
What was Sherlock Holmes' home address?
We were joined last week by Susan and some girl power. Emma has been enjoying the Italian mountains in the evening. Ready to burst the bubble was Kelly. Kara has been letting of some steam on the train and collecting shells on the beach.
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