La maison de Conan Doyle à Undershaw, menacée d'être remplacé par des lotissements modernes, vient de bénéficier d'un sursis. A Undershaw, il avait écrit Le Chien des Baskerville et le Retour de SH, un lieu hautement holmésien donc et défendu par des associations victoriennes.
An application for Listed Building Consent to subdivide Undershaw, the home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, has been withdrawn following an international campaign led by the Victorian Society, the national charity campaigning for the Victorian and Edwardian historic environment.
Conan Doyle experts around the world wrote to urge Waverley Borough Council to reject the application. Planning permission to divide the house and outbuildings into thirteen dwellings was refused in May 2006, but Listed Building Consent for subdivision could still have been granted. This would have left the house vulnerable to future schemes and could have made public access to the house where Conan Doyle wrote The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Return of Sherlock Holmes impossible.
‘We’re delighted that the developer has recognised the national and international importance of Undershaw,’ said Dr Kathryn Ferry, Southern & Welsh Architectural Adviser of the Victorian Society. ‘Undershaw was the home of one of the most well-renowned authors in the English language. People care deeply about it.’
She continued: ‘But this is just the start. There will be more applications for this building. We want to see a scheme which will reflect Undershaw’s significance and ensure its survival for many years to come.’
The Victorian Society still awaits a decision on its application to upgrade Undershaw to be a Grade I-listed building, putting it in the top 3 percent of Britain’s buildings.
source (c) The Victorian Society
Voir aussi un article du Telegraph (6th July 2006) :
Sherlock Holmes heritage threatened by homes plan