Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 1859-1930 practised medicine at No.1 Durnford Street. Unfortunately the relationship with his practice partner was an unhappy one and ended with Conan Doyle moving to Southsea. During his spare-time from his medical profession he became more involved in his writings. 'A Study of Scarlet' the first of 68 stories featuring Sherlock Holmes appeared in 1897. Conan Doyle's time in Devon undoubtedly inspired his later literary work 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles'. A Holmes cult arose and still flourishes today.
Sir Arthur Ignatius Conan Doyle KStJ, DL (22 May 1859 – 7 July 1930) was a Scottish physician and writer who is most noted for his fictional stories about the detective Sherlock Holmes, which are generally considered milestones in the field of crime fiction. He is also known for writing the fictional adventures of a second character he invented, Professor Challenger, and for popularising the mystery of the Mary Celeste. He was a prolific writer whose other works include fantasy and science fiction stories, plays, romances, poetry, non-fiction, and historical novels.