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.
Sherlock Holmes did visit Camden - the tunnels underneath Camden Stables market. See more here: http://bakerstreet.wikia.com/wiki/Camden_Market_Tunnels
... though it transpires this is from an America TV dramatisation, not Conan Doyle's handiwork.
My understanding is Sir Arthur donated heavily to secure the building of this church. To the sum of £500 he was the largest donor.
This is a part of our history and should be kept restored and used
This temple is very important part of spiritualist history helped so many over years.
I can not tell you how many times, especially in times of grief, crisis or just plain curiosity I went there to listen to the Mediums and hope for my own spirit messages to come through! Mostly they did and often with a Medium who knew absolutely nothing about me! I am American, so even their references were from cities they never were in, people who I knew back then coming through from those cities. It was tattered and torn even back then (10 years ago) and it is such a shame to see it go...why can't they keep it, restore it? It has beautiful stain glass windows in it. Some one needs to do something! I am also a great fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his blessing of this small but mighty Spiritual Church as well as the SAGB who also got sold off and moved down the road to a smaller venue must be making him spin in his grave! No, do not do it, save this and put great active Mediums in there who know what they are doing!
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