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@ 2010-10-20 08:42:45
The hall has a strong literary connection thanks to a visit to the house by the writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, most noted for his stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes. In 1901 Arthur Conan Doyle had returned from South Africa.... [and] stayed at the Royal Links Hotel in Cromer. During [his] stay, Doyle probably heard the Norfolk legend of 'Black Shuck', the Hell Hound of Norfolk. Also, the following description of Baskerville Hall in Doyle’s book can be matched to the exterior aspects of Cromer Hall:

“The avenue opened into a broad expanse of turf, and the house lay before us. In the fading light I could see that the centre was a heavy block of building from which a porch projected. The whole front was draped in ivy, with a patch clipped bare here and there where a window or a coat-of-arms broke through the dark veil. From this central block rose the twin towers, ancient, crenellated, and pierced with many loopholes. To right and left of the turrets were more modern wings of black granite. A dull light shone through heavy mullioned windows, and from the high chimneys which rose from the steep, high-angled roof there sprang a single black column of smoke…”
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