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World: Europe: Britain: England: Sussex

A southern county of England, mostly agricultural; little manufacturing, but extensive fisheries. Pop. 605, 202 [1901]. [JT]

FIVE: Elias Openshaw took a small estate in Sussex, near Horsham, in 1869 or 1870.

LION: The location of Holmes's retirement.

Holmes:"It [the Adventure of the Lion's Mane] occured after my widthdrawal to my little Sussex home, when I had given myself up entirely to that soothing life of Nature for which I had so often yeared during the long years spent amid the gloom of London."
MUSG: The Hurlstone Manor of Reginald Musgrave was located in western Sussex.

Holmes: "He was indeed a scion of one of the very oldest families in the kingdom, though his branch was a cadet one which had separated itself from the northern Musgraves some time in the sixteenth centruy and had established itself in western Sussex, where the Manor House of Hurlstone is perhaps the oldest inhabited building in the county."

VALL: Location of the tradgedy at Birlstone.

Watson: "Sherlock Holmes's eyes glistened, his pale cheeks took a warmer hue, and his whole eager face shone with an inward light when the call for work reached him. Leaning forward in the cab, he listened intently to MacDonald's short sketch of the problem which awaited us in Sussex."

White Mason: "We're well up with the times in Sussex."

SECO: Holmes has "definitely retired from London" and has taken himself "to bee-farming on the Sussex Downs" at the time SECO was published.

SUSS: Robert Ferguson's home, the fictional Cheeseman's, was located in Sussex, near the fictional town of Lamberley.
Last Modified: Jan. 9, 1998