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Conan Doyle's home 'needs saving from redevelopment'

10th March 2010

A campaign has been launched to save Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Surrey home.

Undershaw house in Hindhead, which is a grade II listed building, has been boarded up since 2004 after the hotel which was based there closed. Now the site could be set for redevelopment, the BBC reported, which has sparked campaigners into action.

The home, which overlooks the Devil's Punch Bowl beauty spot, was built by the Sherlock Holmes creator, but is now owned by a developer who has suggested dividing it into three properties.

However, the Undershaw Preservation Trust is campaigning for the site to be maintained as a single building or converted into a museum dedicated to the author.

John Gibson, founder of the trust, told the broadcaster: 'Conan Doyle lived in this house between the ages of 37 and 47. He did some of his finest work actually in this house. This house is a microcosm of the age.'

The public has until March 19th to comment on the developer's planning application.

Last week, the Daily Telegraph revealed that an appeal has been launched to save the wooden chalet in which Charles Dickens wrote much of Great Expectations, A Tale of Two Cities and Our Mutual Friend.

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