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Doyle Undivided Arthur Conan Doyle's home has been saved. An attempt by the local council to convert the elegant Victorian house of Sherlock Holmes' creator into eight separate homes has been stayed thanks to public pressure. Undershaw, a heritage house in Surrey, is where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle lived for a decade and where he wrote 13 Holmes stories, including The Hound of the Baskervilles. The building was later turned into a hotel and over the years has fallen into disuse. Campaigners to save it from being cut up included Julian Barnes, who set his Booker-nominated novel Arthur and George - based on the true story of how Doyle tried to save George Edalji, a half-Indian solicitor from false criminal charges - in Undershaw. The author entertained friends at this home including Peter Pan author J M Barrie and Dracula creator Bram Stoker. If the house had been cut up, Britain and Sherlock fans would have lost an important part of their cultural heritage. In short, it would have been a shame. As Holmes would have said, 'That's elementary, my dear Watson'.

Arthur Conan Doyle's home has been saved.
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