The Bleeding Heart and Sherlock Holmes


My title actually sounds like a really exciting only recently discovered, previously unknown, tale by Conan Doyle about his great hero… but actually it’s not.

In a previous couple of posts mentioned I mentioned the old Cambridge pub, now no more, the Bleeding Heart, and separately Sherlock Holmes:

I was intrigued by the pub which I had never ever heard of before, and researched it a little; it was in Chesterton, once a little village now a suburb of Cambridge, and it became the Co-Op; however it was demolished and there is modern housing on the site. I then came across an article on The Cambridge Time Traveller site, which wondered if Conan Doyle was thinking of the Bleeding Heart in Chesterton, when he was writing his short story ‘The Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter’,

In the Adventure of the Missing Three-Quarter, Sherlock Holmes tells Dr Watson:

“I have had a blank day, Watson. Having got the doctor’s general direction, I spent the day in visiting all the villages upon that side of Cambridge, and comparing notes with publications and local news agencies. I have covered some ground: Chesterton, Histon, Waterbeach and Oakington have been explored, and have each proved disappointing.”

What public houses Arthur Conan Doyle was thinking about in this short story, which is believed to have been set in about 1896, we will never know. Could he have been thinking of the Bleeding Heart in Chesterton, that was converted into a Co-op Shop in the 1920s and has now been demolished?

In actual fact, Doyle could have been thinking of any of the many 1900’s pubs, the Green Dragon, the Pike and Eel, the Haymakers, the Wheatsheaf or the Bowling Green, however, what struck me was the coincidence of mentioning of Holmes and the Bleeding Heart in one article!

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