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  1. The Iconic Neon Sign for Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

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    The Mousetrap

    Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap is the world's longest running play. The iconic neon sign at the front of St Martin's Theatre welcomes theatregoers and announces the longevity of the play. The play originally opened in London's West End on 25th November 1952. Each year as the production celebrates its anniversary the sign is changed. I decided to along  this year and here are a few photos I took.

  2. "This is a Spot Most Beautiful" Eltham Palace's Art Deco Elegance

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    Eltham Palace - Entrance Hall

    Entrance Hall

    Eltham Palace is best known today for its sumptuous art deco interiors created in the 1930s - 1940s when Stephen and Virginia Courthauld resided there. The house however has an amazing history, from medieval manor house and Tudor royal palace to the Courtaulds, which is covered my original blog post.

    Last month I made a long overdue return visit to as this year they have opened five more rooms and this blog is going to focus on its art deco interiors, although at the time this style would have been referred to Moderne, as the term art deco wasn't coined until 1960s. If you think the Entrance Hall looks amazing wait till you see the bathroom. Warning there are rather a lot of photos. 

  3. Croydon Airport - London's First International Airport

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     Croydon Airport

    Before the days of package holidays and low cost airlines, back in the early 1900s the thrill of air travel was only available to the wealthy. In 1920 Croydon Airport became London's first international airport when customs and passanger handling facilities were introduced. Today the main terminal building, with its control tower, has been converted into offices and is home to a fascinating visitor centre which is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month.

  4. Where Agatha Miller became Agatha Christie

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     Emmanuel Court Bristol

    On Christmas Eve, 24th December 1914 Agatha Miller married Archie Christie, her first husband, at Emmanuel Church, Guthrie Road, Clifton, Bristol. On a recent visit to the city I did a bit of research to identify the location of the church only to discover, like in all good detective novels, that things were not as they first appeared to be.

  5. The Mysterious Affair at Harrogate - Agatha Christie's Disappearance

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    Old Swan Hotel Harrogate

    Old Swan Hotel - Harrogate

    Earlier this month I fulfilled my long standing wish to stay at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate which has  connections with the  mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie, the Queen of Crime.

    On the evening of 3rd December 1926 Agatha left her home in Sunningdale and her 4 seater Morris Cowley car was later found abandoned at Newlands Corner in Surrey. By this time Agatha was aged 36 years old and was already a successful crime writer and her 6th novel, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd had just been published. Her sudden disappearance attracted both national and worldwide interest. The search for Agatha was the largest manhunt of the time, involving over 1,000 police officers and civilians, and reputedly the first search in England to use airplanes. Arthur Conan Doyle (author of Sherlock Holmes) gave a medium one of her gloves in the hope of locating her, however Agatha's whereabouts remained a mystery for several days. 

  6. Mrs Mallowan's Wallingford aka Agatha Christie

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    Agatha Christie - Winterbrook House

    Mrs Mallowan, aka Agatha Christie, lived in Wallingford, Oxfordshire for many years and is buried in nearby Cholsey. In my quest to visit the key locations associated with the world's best selling author of all time, I made a visit to the town to discover its Christie connections.

  7. Crime and Cream Teas at the Agatha Christie Festival Part 2

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    Agatha Christie Mile Plaque - Torquay

    Crime and Cream Teas Part II features more about my recent trip to the Agatha Christie Festival in her home town of Torquay. In Part I I wrote about my visit to Greenway, Agatha's holiday home but in this blog I am focusing on some of the other things I did.

  8. Crime and Cream Teas at the Agatha Christie Festival Part I - Greenway

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    Agatha Christie Festival - Barnaby

     Barnaby

    Greenway was Agatha Christie's beloved holiday home in Devon and seems a good place to start the first installment of my blog about the recent Agatha Christie Festival. This annual crime writing festival takes place in and around Torquay, Agatha's birthplace, each September to coincide with her birthday. Since my last visit in 2011 the festival has certainly grown both in the numbers of visitors and organised events.

  9. Revealing the Secrets of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap

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    The Mousetrap (19)

    Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running stage play. A classic Christie, murder mystery story where any of her characters potentially could have committed the murder. However if you are going to see it don’t commit the crime of rushing to your seats without taking a look at the foyer. 

  10. The Agatha Christie Trail in London & Torquay

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    Agatha Christie Memorial

    Agatha Christie Memorial - London

    The London memorial to Agatha Christie by Ben Twiston-Davies is cleverly designed  in the shape of a book, reflecting her status as one of the world’s best selling authors.

    The bronze memorial was unveiled on 18th November 2012 to coincide with The Mousetrap's 60th anniversary celebrations. 

    It is located close to Leicester Square Tube Station at the junction of Cranbourne Street and Great Newport Street, in the heart of London’s theatreland.