Waterloo Bridge

"We rattled across Waterloo Bridge and through miles of streets, until, to my astonishment, we found ourselves back in the terrace in which he had boarded." (Jefferson Hope)
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Albert Dock, London

Albert Dock where the S.S. May Day berthed (Liverpool, Dublin and London Steam Packet Company)
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Road to Bow Street

Passing down the Waterloo Bridge Road we crossed over the river, and dashing up Wellington Street (which is basically an extension of the bridge) wheeled sharply to the right and found ourselves in Bow Street.
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The postmark on the letter from Neville St. Clair to his wife.
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Hosmer Angel - James Windibank

With the connivance and assistance of his wife he disguised himself, covered those keen eyes with tinted glasses, masked the face with a moustache and a pair of bushy whiskers, sunk that clear voice into an insinuating whisper.

221b Baker Street, London

Home of Sherlock Holmes and at times Dr John Watson.
They (the rooms) consisted of a couple of comfortable bedrooms and a single large airy sitting-room, cheerfully furnished, and illuminated by two broad windows.
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Gales, Generals, Boats and Societies etc.

Equinoctial gales - September
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Clark Russell's sea stories.
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Invention of Bicycling
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American civil war:
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“Ku Klux Klan. A name derived from the fanciful resemblance to the sound produced by cocking a rifle. This terrible secret society was formed by some ex-Confederate soldiers in the Southern states after the Civil War, and it rapidly formed local branches in different parts of the country, notably in Tennessee, Louisiana, the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. Its power was used for political purposes, principally for the terrorising of the negro voters and the murdering and driving from the country of those who were opposed to its views. Its outrages were usually preceded by a warning sent to the marked man in some fantastic but generally recognised shape — a sprig of oak-leaves in some parts, melon seeds or orange pips in others. On receiving this the victim might either openly abjure his former ways, or might fly from the country. If he braved the matter out, death would unfailingly come upon him, and usually in some strange and unforeseen manner. So perfect was the organisation of the society, and so systematic its methods, that there is hardly a case upon record where any man succeeded in braving it with impunity, or in which any of its outrages were traced home to the perpetrators. For some years the organisation flourished in spite of the efforts of the United States government and of the better classes of the community in the South. Eventually, in the year 1869, the movement rather suddenly collapsed, although there have been sporadic outbreaks of the same sort since that date.”
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He had always laughed at what he called my cock-and-bull story about the colonel (A ridiculous and implausible story)
As Cuvier could correctly describe a whole animal by the contemplation of a single bone.
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“I have spent the whole day,” said he, “over Lloyd’s registers and files of the old papers, following the future career of every vessel which touched at Pondicherry in January and February in ‘83.”
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....found that she had been taken down the river by the early tide this morning,
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Lone Star - Name of the Bark on which Captain James Calhoun sailed.
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‘Bark Lone Star’
Also Barque - a sailing ship with three masts typically with three masts, in which the foremast and mainmast are square-rigged and the mizzenmast is rigged fore-and-aft.
• archaic or poetic/literary a ship or boat.

Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

Camberwell poisoning case. In the latter, as may be remembered, Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man’s watch, to prove that it had been wound up two hours before..... Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

Sherlock Holmes sat moodily at one side of the fireplace cross-indexing his records of crime.... Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“None of those (Cases) which come to me are. I am the last court of appeal.” Read More...


The Bark Lone Star passed here on its return voyage to the USA
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The Bark Lone Star had to pass here on its return voyage to Savannah.
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Albert Dock, London

The Bark Lone Star left London from here.
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Savannah, Georgia

The home port of the Bark Lone Star and intended destination of Captain James Calhoun.
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Waterloo Bridge and Embankment

It is conjectured that John Openshaw may have been hurrying down to catch the last train from Waterloo Station. Read More...

Fareham, Hampshire

Mr Joseph Openshaw ‘fell’ over one of the deep chalk-pits which abound in the neighbourhood. Read More...

Portsdown Hill

Mr Joseph Openshaw visited his friend Major Freebody who had a command here.
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Postmark of the letter addressed to Mr Joseph Openshaw containing the five orange pips, the initials K.K.K and the instruction ‘Leave the papers on the sundial.’
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Postmark on the letter to Colonel Elias Openshaw containing the five orange pips and the initials K.K.K
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Horsham, Sussex

The Sussex home of Colonel Elias Openshaw.
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Garden Pond

The green-scummed garden pond at the bottom of the garden where Colonel Elias Openshaw was found drowned.

Florida USA

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Mr Joseph Openshaw, father of John Openshaw had a small factory at Coventry Read More...

Five Orange Pips

The warning which K.K.K. sent to those who did not follow their dictates.

Brass Box

A small brass box, like a cashbox.

Letter from Holmes

He (Holmes) took five orange pips and thrust them into an envelope. On the inside of the flap he wrote “S. H. for J. 0.” Then he sealed it and addressed it to “Captain James Calhoun, Bark Lone Star, Savannah, Georgia.”

Newspaper Report of the death of John Openshaw

Newspaper report of the death of John Openshaw on the morning following his visit to Sherlock Holmes. Read More...

Tankerville Club Scandal

Sherlock Holmes acted for Major Prendergast in the Tankerville Club scandal when he was wrongfully accused of cheating at cards.

Camberwell Poisoning case

Camberwell poisoning case where Sherlock Holmes was able, by winding up the dead man’s watch, to prove that it had been wound up two hours before, and that therefore the deceased had gone to bed within that time — a deduction which was of the greatest importance in clearing up the case.

Grice Patersons

The singular adventures of the Grice Patersons in the island of Uffa.

British Bark Sophie Anderson

Amateur Mendicant Society

They held a luxurious club in the lower vault of a furniture warehouse.

Adventure of the Paradol Chamber

Captain James Calhoun

Captain James Calhoun who with the two Mates of the Bark Lone Star, murdered John Openshaw.

Police Constable Cook

Between nine and ten last night Police-Constable Cook, of the H Division, on duty near Waterloo Bridge, heard a cry for help and a splash in the water. Read More...

Major Freebody

Mr Joseph Openshaw was staying with Major Freebody when he was murdered.


A servant girl of Colonel Openshaw.

Mr Fordham

Mr Fordham was Colonel Openshaw’s lawyer from Horsham.

Joseph Openshaw

My father had a small factory at Coventry, which he enlarged at the time of the invention of bicycling. He was a patentee of the Openshaw unbreakable tire, and his business met with such success that he was able to sell it and to retire upon a handsome competence. (John Openshaw)

Colonel Elias Openshaw

He was a singular man, fierce and quick-tempered, very foul-mouthed when he was angry, and of a most retiring disposition. Read More...

John Openshaw

The man who entered was young, some two-and-twenty at the outside, well-groomed and trimly clad, with something of refinement and delicacy in his bearing. I could see that his face was pale and his eyes heavy, like those of a man who is weighed down with some great anxiety.

Sign of Four

The Sign of Four. Regarding the Sholto murder and the Agra Treasure and another novel in the Canon.

Dr John Watson

Companion and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes.

Waterloo Station, London

One of the main railway stations in London opened on 11th June 1848.
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Sherlock Holmes

“Well, I have a trade of my own. I suppose I am the only one in the world. I’m a consulting detective, if you can understand what that is. Here in London we have lots of government detectives and lots of private ones. When these fellows are at fault, they come to me, and I manage to put them on the right scent." (Sherlock Holmes) (Study in Scarlet)
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