Inspector Lestrade

There was one little sallow, rat-faced, dark-eyed fellow.

"A well-known detective. He got himself into a fog recently over a forgery case, and that was what brought him here.” (
Sherlock Holmes)

Lestrade) lean and ferret-like as ever, was standing by the doorway, and greeted my companion and myself.

Inspector Lestrade

“I have been down to see friend Lestrade at the Yard. There may be an occasional want of imaginative intuition down there, but they lead the world for thoroughness and method.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Inspector Lestrade

Thin and austere.

Inspector Lestrade

It was no very unusual thing for Mr. Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, to look in upon us of an evening, and his visits were welcome to Sherlock Holmes, for they enabled him to keep in touch with all that was going on at the police headquarters.

Inspector Martin of the Norfolk Constabulary

A dapper little man, with a quick, alert manner and a waxed moustache.

Title deeds, mortgages, scrip

Building leases, title-deeds, mortgages, scrip, and so forth
Title deeds
  • A legal deed or document constituting evidence of a right, especially to ownership of property.
  • A certificate entitling the holder to acquire possession of certain portions of public land.
Building leases
  • A contract by which one party conveys land, property, services, etc., to another for a specified time, usually in return for a periodic payment.
  • Money raised on a property.

Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“Beyond the obvious facts that you are a bachelor, a solicitor, a Freemason, and an asthmatic, I know nothing whatever about you.” Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

He shrugged his shoulders in humorous deprecation of the state of things which he had himself done so much to produce. Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“He had not that supreme gift of the artist, the knowledge of when to stop. He wished to improve that which was already perfect.... and so he ruined all.” Read More...

Mr Cornelius - Jonas Oldacre

“He determines to swindle his creditors, and for this purpose he pays large cheques to a certain Mr. Cornelius, who is, I imagine, himself under another name.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Legal documents and bank book

“They were not, so far as I could judge, of any great value, nor did the bank-book show that Mr. Oldacre was in such very affluent circumstances. But it seemed to me that all the papers were not there. There were allusions to some deeds — possibly the more valuable — which I could not find.” (Sherlock Holmes)

Hiding place of Jonas Oldacre

A lath-and-plaster partition had been run across the passage six feet from the end, with a door cunningly concealed in it. It was lit within by slits under the eaves. A few articles of furniture and a supply of food and water were within, together with a number of books and papers.

Two bundles of straw and two buckets of water

Used by Sherlock Holmes to create smoke and so raise the alarm of fire.

Three Constables

Three constables
“May I ask if they are all large, able-bodied men with powerful voices?”

Thumb print

Thumb print in blood supposedly left by John Hector McFarlane in the hall of Jonas Oldacre’s house when he collected his hat.

Discoloured metal disks

“They had secured several discoloured metal discs. I examined them with care, and there was no doubt that they were trouser buttons. I even distinguished that one of them was marked with the name of ‘Hyams,’ who was Oldacre’s tailor. “ (Sherlock Holmes)

Walking stick belonging to John Hector McFarlane

An oaken walking-stick, which also showed stains of blood upon the handle.

Sheets from Jonas Oldacre's notebook

Sheets from a notebook covered with scribbled writing being a draft of Jonas Oldacre's Will written on a train.

“I can read the first few lines, and these in the middle of the second page, and one or two at the end. Those are as clear as print,” said he, “but the writing in between is very bad, and there are three places where I cannot read it at all.” (Inspector Lestrade)

Telegram sent by John Hector McFarlane to his parents

“I sent a telegram home, therefore, to say that I had important business on hand, and that it was impossible for me to say how late I might be.”

Telegram from Inspector Lestrade to Sherlock Holmes

Important fresh evidence to hand. McFarlane’s guilt definitely established. Advise you to abandon case.

Daily Telegraph newspaper report

‘Mysterious Affair at Lower Norwood. Disappearance of a Well Known Builder. Suspicion of Murder and Arson. A Clue to the Criminal.’ Read More...

Bert Stevens

“You remember that terrible murderer, Bert Stevens, who wanted us to get him off in ‘87? Was there ever a more mild-mannered, Sunday-school young man?” (Sherlock Holmes)

Dutch steamship, Friesland

“The shocking affair of the Dutch steamship Friesland, which so nearly cost us both our lives.” (Dr John Watson)

Wisteria Lodge

Story from ‘His Last Bow’ concerning ex-President Murillo.

Torrington Lodge, Blackheath, London

Home of Mr and Mrs McFarlane and their son John Hector McFarlane.
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426 Gresham Buildings, London E.C.

Address of the offices of Graham & McFarlane where John Hector McFarlane was a junior partner.

London Bridge Station, London

John Hector McFarlane arrived at London Bridge Station on his return from Lower Norwood.
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Deep Dene House, Lower Norwood

Deep Dene House, at the Sydenham end of the road of that name. Read More...

Anerley Arms Hotel

Finding it too late to return to his home in Blackheath after his visit to Jonas Oldacre, John Hector McFarlane stayed at this hotel overnight.
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Mrs Lexington

Jonas Oldacre’s housekeeper.

Mr McFarlane

He was away in seach of his son, the unfortunate John Hector McFarlane.

Mrs McFarlane

Mother of the unfortunate John Hector McFarlane.

Inspector Lestrade

“The conduct of the criminal investigation has been left in the experienced hands of Inspector Lestrade, of Scotland Yard, who is following up the clues with his accustomed energy and sagacity.”

Jonas Oldacre

Mr. Jonas Oldacre is a bachelor, fifty-two years of age, and lives in Deep Dene House, at the Sydenham end of the road of that name. He has had the reputation of being a man of eccentric habits, secretive and retiring. Read More...

John Hector McFarlane

Junior partner of Graham & McFarlane, of 426 Gresham Buildings, London. Read More...

Final Problem

The previous story and the last in the ‘Adventures’.

Inspector Lestrade

Lestrade, as wiry, as dapper, and as ferret-like as ever, was waiting for us at the station. Read More...

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard

Inspector Lestrade of Scotland Yard.

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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Inspector Lestrade

A lean, ferret-like man, furtive and sly-looking....

Dr John Watson

Companion and chronicler of Sherlock Holmes.

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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