Sleuthing and mystery fans the world over know the man who lives at the very famous 221B Baker Street. Just around the corner from the tube station is the home of the world’s first ever “consulting detective”, created by the legendary Arthur Conan Doyle. But the creation has since far surpassed the creator. I wonder how the great author would feel about his fictional detective becoming far more renowned than even himself. In a way I suppose it is the greatest joy an author could ever feel – to see his brainchild climb such unimaginable heights. But anyway, I digress.
For fans of the illustrious Mr. Holmes, a quick visit to the Sherlock Holmes Museum is a delightful little treat. The house is prepped with knick-knacks and various bits and bobs, including trophies from Holmes’ various adventures. Sitting in the detective’s living room one can just see oneself with his faithful comrade Watson over a cup if tea discussing one’s next great puzzle.
While the quaint house is definitely worth a visit, it isn’t actually the real 221B Baker Street. This is because until 1970 the house, made famous by its brilliant resident, didn’t actually exist. At the time the stories were published Baker Street didn’t actually go up to 221. And when it was extended, the premises belonged to the Abbey National Building Society, who had to employ a person full-time just to respond to all the mail they received for Sherlock Holmes. 221B didn’t come to formally exist until 27 March 1970.
Anyway, that’s my little bit of trivia for you regarding Holmes and his home (ha!), drop down for a visit to discover more!
I’ll leave you with this interesting little thought – one of Holmes’ most famous quotes (which is a derivative of Occam’s Razor) goes as follows: “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”
Well, in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, Spock (played by the impeccable Leonard Nimoy) says, “An ancestor of mine said that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” So, and this seems hardly a stretch to believe, Spock is supposedly the descendant of Sherlock Holmes! (This little tidbit is made even more delicious by the fact that Nimoy himself played Sherlock in two separate productions!)