Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930)

Introduction Rather wonderfully, Conan Doyle’s fictional detective Sherlock Holmes sees action in Winchester in three of his stories. Apart from London, nowhere else in the country features so many times, although Holmes and his side-kick Watson are most frequently called to investigate in London’s suburbs and the home counties. Born in Edinburgh, educated at the…

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Jane Austen (1775-1817)

Introduction It may be painful for Wintonians but Jane Austen was far more familiar with Basingstoke, and indeed Southampton, than she ever was with Winchester. She is of course buried in Winchester Cathedral and her sister Cassandra wrote that she was very fond of it, as indeed many people are. Her bookish father had an…

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