A new ‘Sherlock Holmes’ short story from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has been found in an attic.
The 80-year-old Sir Arthur Conan Doyle work Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar was unearthed in an attic in Selkirk.
According to a report found in Friday’s Daily Telegraph Doyle was a regular visitor to the area, and contributed the story to a local bazaar in the hopes of raising money to save the towns local bridge.
The 1,300-word story was a part of a collection of work by local artists called The Book o’ the Brig.
Walter Elliot – the man who discovered the story in his attic – said: “In Selkirk, there was a wooden bridge that was put up some time before it was flooded in 1902.
“The town didn’t have the money to replace it so they decided to have a bazaar to replace the bridge in 1904. They had various people to come and do things and just about everyone in the town did something.
“He really must have thought enough of the town to come down and take part and contribute a story to the book. It’s a great little story.”
Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs and, by deduction, the Brig Bazaar is now on display at the Selkirk Pop Up Community Museum.
As a fan of ‘Sherlock Holmes’ it would be great to see this latest find eventually adapted to film or even a television episode of ‘Sherlock’.