Sherlock Holmes was originally going to be called Sherrinford – seems a pretty good name to me!
Dr Watson’s original name was Ormond Sacker – can’t quite imagine this one!
The name of the first novel Sherlock appeared in was A Study in Scarlet in 1887 – note to self to read it!
Conan Doyle was 27 when he wrote A Study in Scarlet – and apparently it only took him 3 weeks to write!
The Mark Haddon bestseller, ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time’ took its title from a phrase in Silver Blaze – we were lucky enough to see the show before the roof fell in!
Lake Conan Doyle is in South Norwood – not sure where that is though!
The film ‘Sherlock Holmes Baffled’ was made in 1900 – and is only 30 seconds long!
In 2002, Sherlock became the first character to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Society of Chemistry (Chambers Dictionary of Literary Characters, 2004) – love that we are bonkers enough to induct literary characters into real societies!
Here at Treasure Trails, we love our murder mystery Trails and have had lots of comments from customers over the years who have played detective when solving them! Sherlock Holmes is probably one of Britain’s greatest fictional detectives and figures in many people’s early literary forays.
He is one of those guys that we all know and love – but do we really know him, his creator and of course his friend Dr Watson?
Just for fun we’ve put together just a few quickie questions to amuse you and will publish the answers next week on this blog. In the meantime, pop over to our facebook page and give our Sherlock picture a “like” so we know you do!
What was Sherlock Holmes originally going to be called?
What was Dr Watson’s original name?
What was the name of the first novel Sherlock appeared in?
How old was Conan Doyle when he wrote the novel Sherlock made his debut in?
Which bestseller which was also adapted for the stage and ran in the West End until recently, took its title from a Sherlock Holmes story? Hint, the show is re-opening at a different theatre in June 2014.
Where is Lake Conan Doyle?
In which year was the film ‘Sherlock Holmes Baffled’ made?
What is Sherlock’s relationship with the Royal Society of Chemistry?