With other significant literary homes preserved, why is Undershaw falling into ruin?
In the fall of 2006, John Gibson was shocked to see something he had never expected: the front door of the old house standing wide open, exposing the rooms within to the late September weather. That wasn’t all: a thunderstorm the night before had left water streaming through three stories of rooms that had once rung to children’s laughter and housed a veritable literary giant. Broken windows, including a heraldic one of stained glass that depicted the family crest, and other vandalism defaced the house so shamefully that Gibson was appalled. He left at once to notify the authorities but, when he returned two weeks later, it was to find the front door still standing open to the elements and nothing changed.
It sounds like a crime scene, and to John Gibson, Lynn Gale, and the others who make up the Undershaw Preservation Trust, it is a crime – that the last extant home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of the greatest fictional detective known to literature, should be standing derelict and neglected while a developer who, they say, should never have been granted development rights awaits the outcome of a Judicial Review.
Feminism. It’s a dirty word isn’t it? It shouldn’t be because everyone wants what’s fair for everyone. However, it doesn’t surprise me that Feminists are getting such a bad rap from everyone because there’s a lot of things that are said and done by women in the name of being feminist that are short-sighted and in some cases, plain wrong. And the picture above is just one of those things.
“Following the completion of the seven Harry Potter books and eight films, J.K. Rowling has something new to announce. Even though this is not a new book, we have been informed it is something equally exciting.