Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's mother lived in Masongill near Ingleton, and the famous Sherlock Holmes author was married in the church at nearby Thornton in Lonsdale in 1885.

Some believe that Sir Arthur took inspiration from local folklore, and in particular stories of ghastly goings on at Trollers Gill and the "Barguest" when writing "The Hound of the Baskervilles" in 1901.

The author had other connections with the county of Yorkshire too, having become fascinated by the strange story of the Cottingley Fairies which were photographed by two Edwardian schoolgirls who lived in Cottingley near Bradford in West Yorkshire's Bronte Country.


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