Saturday, June 9, 2012

ENGLAND TRIP: Day 3:, Part 2 : Sherlock Holmes Museum

Wall at the Baker Street Tube Stop!

One of Rob's favorite places during the time in London was visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum. 
BAKER STREET TUBE STATION -  Even the Baker Street Tube (Subway) Station had silhouettes of Sherlock Holmes on the wall. What a cool introduction to the neighborhood! 
   THE SHERLOCK HOLMES MUSEUM - The museum is actually located at 221B Baker Street, London, the EXACT street location where the fictional detective lived in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's great novels. What a cool thing that the museum was actually able to move into that very real location! 
Front of the Sherlock Holmes Museum
- The museum was set up as it was depicted in the novels. There was a sitting room with a fireplace and various objects that were "owned" by the fictional character. Sherlock's cap and pipe were on a table before the fireplace, with the two wing chairs on either side of the table. Those are just like the chairs that Sherlock and Dr. John Watson would sit in and discuss cases! 

Watson & Holmes Hats-Fireplace

Bust of Sherlock Holmes

Murder at Rue Morgue Scene and Rob

Tom and Hound of the Baskervilles!

Rob pondering driving on the left side of the street

Tom wondering where we can get dinner
THE BUILDING IN THE NOVELS -  Dr. Watson and Sherlock Holmes lived in a boarding house for 25 years (1881 to 1904) in the novels. Apartment 221b was on the first floor of the lodging house, the landlady who owned it and also resided in it was Mrs. Hudson. In the novels and in this townhome there were 17 steps from the ground floor to the first floor (we'd call it a 2nd floor) study which Holmes and Watson shared. Holmes' bedroom was at the rear, adjoining the study, as it was in the novels. The museum really recreated the townhouse as it was described in the novels. How cool!      We also saw Dr. Watson's and Mrs. Hudson's rooms. 
  On the third floor, there were various mannequins posed to depict scenes from various Sherlock Holmes stories, some of which Rob identified. Of course, the big dog head on the wall was from Hounds of the Baskervilles and Tom had to get a picture next to it! 
  At the bottom of this blog is a short video I (Rob) was trying to make - but its pretty shaky! 
  This is truly a great place to visit and a lot of fun!

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next