Conan Doyle in Camden
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's connection with Camden is slender. I'm not sure that Sherlock Holmes ever ventured here (do put me right if he did). But his creator came to Rochester Square, in that curious-and-difficult-to-pin-down-why locality just off Camden Square. Conan Doyle was a keen spiritualist and he laid a foundation stone in 1926 at what became Rochester Square Spiritualist Temple - temple is perhaps a bit over blown for this rather anonymous building, said to be built in the arts and crafts style but there's not much visible evidence of that.
The Temple is, to the untrained eye, semi-derelict. But that may not be the full story. In March 2014, the Standard reported that what it called a squatter sect had moved in there, believing that the church had closed for good when it was simply shut for maintenance.
There was not much sign of squatters, spiritualists or maintenance work when I passed by this morning. If I find out more, I'll tell you.
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