221 B Baker Street is the residence of the fictional character Sherlock Holmes, which has been mentioned in almost all of the 52 short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is in ‘A Study In Scarlet’ that Holmes meets Dr. Watson and both agree to share an apartment in the Baker Street.

In the stories the apartment is stated as an upstairs apartment of a residential house. During the period in which Sir Arthur Doyle wrote these stories the street numbers only reached upto 100, probably that it is why he chose the fictional number of 221. During those days this

221 B Baker Street

221 B Baker Street

area was known as the ‘Upper Baker Street’. However, when the street numbers were reallocated street numbers from 219 to 229 were allocated to Abbey Road Building Society subsequently named as Abbey National.

Owing to the worldwide popularity of Sherlock Holmes, the company started to recieve a large number of messages for which they even appointed a ‘secretary to Sherlock Holmes’ who dealt with them. The house contains a picture of Sherlock Holmes on a bronze plaque at the front. A bronze statue of Holmes also stands at the entrance of the Baker Street station which was ordered in 1999.

The exact location of the fictional house has always been a matter of dispute as there are many theories that point to many locations. Now 221B Baker street has become an attraction for tourists and fans who come to visit it from all over the world.

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