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STUDENT Caitlin Wilson is at the centre of a bid to save a piece of England's cultural history - the house where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created history's greatest detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Caitlin, who is studying English and Creative Writing at the University of Sunderland, is the university's ambassador for the Undershaw Preservation Society. Famous names including Stephen Fry, BBC's Sherlock creator Steven Moffat and patron and Sherlock co-creator Mark Gattis are backing the campaign to preserve the home of Sherlock Holmes's creator.

The Undershaw Preservation Society are hoping to save the house where Conan Doyle wrote many of his books, including the Hound of the Baskervilles. However, plans are in place to close the house in Surrey, down for development despite the best efforts of the Undershaw Preservation Society. A judicial review will be heard on Wednesday - the day after the anniversary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's birth.

Caitlin, said: "Undershaw means a great deal to me, and trying to save it means even more. Built for his wife Louise, it was at Undershaw that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote 'The Hound of the Baskervilles' and many of the later Holmes stories. He also entertained other authors such as Bram Stoker, J. M. Barrie, and a young Virginia Woolf there. The house itself was a beautiful example of architecture, built in the late 1800's when not many houses were designed by their occupier. "Knowing that I'm helping to save a part of England's literary heritage, I feel like I'm doing something worthwhile with my time outside of university."

JOINING FAMOUS NAMES Student Caitlin Wilson is following footsteps of Stephen Fry an Mark Gattis
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 19, 2012
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