“It (Grace Dunbar’s case) is now referred to the Assizes at Winchester.” (Sherlock Holmes) Read More...

Victoria Station, London

"There is an excellent train at two from Victoria if you could come.” (Robert Ferguson)
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Victoria Station, London

Holmes and Watson took the Continental Express from this station.
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Victoria Station, London

Colonel Ross, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson arrived back at this station following their day at the races.
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This is where the race for the Wessex Cup was held.
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Madam Lesurier, Bond Street, London

An account from this Milliner’s was found in John Straker’s pocket and on Sherlock Holmes visiting the shop it was confirmed that John Straker and William Derbyshire were the same person.
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Mapleton, Dartmoor, Devon

  • Lord Backwater’s stables and training establishment.

Tavistock, Devon

Colonel Ross and Inspector Gregory met Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson from their train here.
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King's Pyland, Dartmoor, Devon

Home of John Straker and stables of Colonel Ross.
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Duke of Balmoral

Lord Backwater


Wessex was an Anglo-Saxon kingdom of the West Saxons, in South West England.
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Pullman car

A railway carriage affording special comfort, especially one with sleeping berths.

Runners in the Wessex Cup

Wessex Plate [it ran] 50 sovs. each h ft with 1000 sovs. added, for four and five year olds. Second, 300 pounds. Third, 200 pounds. New course (one mile and five furlongs).

1 . Mr. Heath Newton’s The Negro. Red cap. Cinnamon jacket.

2. Colonel Wardlaw’s Pugilist. Pink cap. Blue and black

3. Lord Backwater’s Desborough. Yellow cap and sleeves.

4. Colonel Ross’s Silver Blaze. Black cap. Red jacket.

5. Duke of Balmoral’s Iris. Yellow and black stripes.

6. Lord Singleford’s Rasper. Purple cap. Black sleeves.

Sherlock Holmes - Deductions

“Now, supposing that he broke away during or after the tragedy, where could he have gone to? The horse is a very gregarious creature. If left to himself his instincts would have been either to return to King’s Pyland or go over to Mapleton. Why should he run wild upon the moor? He would surely have been seen by now. And why should gypsies kidnap him? These people always clear out when they hear of trouble, for they do not wish to be pestered by the police. They could not hope to sell such a horse. They would run a great risk and gain nothing by taking him. Surely that is clear.” Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Character Illustrations

For a whole day my companion had rambled about the room with his chin upon his chest and his brows knitted, charging and recharging his pipe with the strongest black tobacco, and absolutely deaf to any of my questions or remarks. Fresh editions of every paper had been sent up by our news agent, only to be glanced over and tossed down into a corner. Read More...

Sherlock Holmes - Sayings

“It is one of those cases where the art of the reasoner should be used rather for the sifting of details than for the acquiring of fresh evidence. The tragedy has been so uncommon, so complete, and of such personal importance to so many people that we are suffering from a plethora of surmise, conjecture, and hypothesis. The difficulty is to detach the framework of fact — of absolute undeniable fact — from the embellishments of theorists and reporters.”

William Derbyshire - John Straker

Alias of John Straker. A man with a very dashing wife with a partiality for expensive dresses.

Wax vesta

A wax vesta found covered in mud at the scene of the crime.

Powdered opium

Finally, an analysis has shown that the remains of his supper left by the stable-lad contained an appreciable quantity of powdered opium, while the people at the house partook of the same dish on the same night without any ill effect.
Powdered opium is by no means tasteless. The flavour is not disagreeable, but it is perceptible. Were it mixed with any ordinary dish the eater would undoubtedly detect it and would probably eat no more. A curry was exactly the medium which would disguise this taste.

Walking stick and cravat

Heavy Stick and cravat both belonging to Fitzroy Simpson.
The stick was a Penang lawyer, weighted with lead.

Contents of John Straker's pockets

There was a box of vestas, two inches of tallow candle, an A D P brier-root pipe, a pouch of sealskin with half an ounce of long-cut Cavendish, a silver watch with a gold chain, five sovereigns in gold, an aluminum pencil-case, a few papers, and an ivory-handled knife with a very delicate, inflexible blade marked Weiss & Co., London.

William Derbyshire

I called upon the milliner, who had recognized Straker as an excellent customer of the name of Derbyshire, who had a very dashing wife, with a strong partiality for expensive dresses.
Alias of John Straker.

Madam Derbyshire

Wife of William Derbyshire aka John Straker.

Gipsies of Dartmoor

Two other stable lads

The two lads who slept in the chaff-cutting loft above the harness-room.

The dog in the night-time

“To the curious incident of the dog in the night-time.”

“The dog did nothing in the night-time.”

“That was the curious incident,” remarked Sherlock Holmes.

Ned Hunter

One of the stable lads at King’s Pyland.

Silas Brown

Trainer at the stables of Lord Backwater.


Edith Baxter

Maid to Mr and Mrs Straker.

Mrs Straker

Wife of John Straker.

Fitzroy Simpson

He was a man of excellent birth and education, who had squandered a fortune upon the turf, and who lived now by doing a little quiet and genteel book-making in the sporting clubs of London. Read More...

Inspector Gregory

Inspector Gregory, to whom the case has been committed, is an extremely competent officer. Read More...

John Straker

John Straker, is a retired jockey who rode in Colonel Ross’s colours before he became too heavy for the weighing-chair. He has served the colonel for five years as jockey and for seven as trainer, and has always shown himself to be a zealous and honest servant.

Colonel Ross

Owner of King’s Pyland stables and Silver Blaze.

Silver Blaze

“Silver Blaze,” said he, “is from the Somomy stock and holds as brilliant a record as his famous ancestor.” Read More...

Black Swan Hotel, Winchester

Miss Hunter arranged to meet Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson here and had a private sitting room and meal prepared for them. Here she told her story of the Copper Beeches.
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Duke of Balmoral

Father of Lord Robert St. Simon.

Paddington Station

Dr Watson had bought a practice near here after his marriage and it was from there that the Station Guard brought Mr Hatherley to see him.
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Paddington Station

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson left by train from Paddington for the West Country.
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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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