the poor folk upon the moors

The Sherlock Holmes Society of the West Country.

the torr

THE TORR is our biannual journal – written by the members – and is free to everyone in the Society.

“My brother is very anxious to have the Hall inhabited, for he thinks that it is for the good of the poor folk upon the moor.”

Beryl Stapleton, The Hound of the Baskervilles

There are few places outside the city of London which can boast as many connections to the stories of Sherlock Holmes as does the south-west region of England. No less than three stories are set there including the famous Hound of the Baskervilles, the above passage from which we take our name.

The passage refers to Baskerville Hall upon Dartmoor but the plural use of Moors in our title extends our range to include the lesser known Exmoor and Bodmin Moors which, though smaller, are both similarly desolate and forbidding places and would have been known to Conan Doyle who himself lived and worked in the area. He shared a medical practice in Plymouth, and would have set up his own practice at Tavistock, on Dartmoor, had it not already been over-saturated by the profession.

The other stories set in the area are Silver Blaze and The Devil’s Foot, and our Society has made a special study of these particular stories but, as our membership is worldwide, we show a typical interest in anything Holmesian. We publish a biannual journal entitled The Torr which is free to members and includes a whole variety of articles dedicated to the exploits of Mr Sherlock Holmes and Dr John H. Watson and the times in which they lived. We have also published several monographs and pamphlets on various topics.

Recently, the Society has embarked on a new annual publication, The Camelot Series.

The Society also hosts a number of events in and around the area so that our members have a chance to meet and converse.

With the help of this website we would like to reach new potential members worldwide to provide a friendly and informal focus for anyone with an interest in the great detective and his creator Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

Whether you are a new devotee of the stories or a seasoned scholar, The Poor Folk Upon the Moors (PFUM) will have plenty to interest and entertain you.

our society

Get a first impression of what our Society is all about and what you can expect from an annual membership. The PFUM welcomes every Holmesian on the globe.

the torr

Our biannual journal which is written by our members is free to all within the society. Get a free snapshot of THE TORR or get a member (starting from £16.00 p.a. only) to receive the full version.


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