Sherlock Holmes Pavement

Granite paving slabs have been set into the pavement to commemorate famous author, Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s time living in Plymouth, where he had a short-lived medical practice at No1 Durnford Street

Photograph of one of the engravings on the pavement of an Arthur Conan Doyle quoteCategory: Permanent
Date: 1999
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Plymouth City Council



Project Description

Photograph of the engraved paving slab, marking Arthur Conan Doyle's time in Plymouth

In the pavement from 85-127 Durnford Street, granite slabs have been installed, engraved with quotes from Arthur Conan Doyle’s novels.

Twenty quotes in total narrate the journey down this historic street and at the steps of number 93 a plaque celebrates his work and link with the city.

In September 2017 Doyle’s time in Plymouth was once again marked, this time with the unveiling of a blue plaque on the building in which he resided in 1882. At 6, Elliot Terrace he shared residency with Dr Budd, his medical partner, Doyle’s first job after studying medicine in Edinburgh.

Although his time in Plymouth was brief, Doyle was inspired by the Countryside. The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Adventures of Devil’s Foot were both set in Devon and Cornwall.

One of the quotes reads:

‘’Life is infinitely stranger than anything the mind of man could invent.’’

  • Conan Doyle artwork on a step
  • Conan Doyle quote in pavement
  • Conan Doyle quote in pavement
  • Conan Doyle quote in pavement