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In the world of detectives: from London to Devon. A guide to Agatha Christie's places

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Day 1: Detective London

You can start your journey in the footsteps of the detective queen from two points: from London or from the resort town of Torquay (if you've already reached the coast). The first is for those who live in the capital and want to explore Agatha Christie's places for longer. The second option will appeal to those who prefer to follow a chronological sequence. Either way, you're sure to enjoy the adventure.

22 Cresswell Place

Agatha Christie moved to the big city with her first husband and settled in Kensington at 22 Cresswell Place. The building originally housed a stable, but in the late 1920s Agatha bought it back and rebuilt it. The time she spent in her first London home proved very productive. It was here that one of the series of books about Miss Marple and the acclaimed detective novel Murder on the Orient Express were written.

58 Sheffield Terrace

In 1934, Agatha Christie moved to another house and sold the former one to new owners for just £500. At this time the writer had divorced the lovable Archibald and married Max Mallowan. The building at 58 Sheffield Terrace became the writer's family home and the cradle of her most popular novels. The houses are easy to find, each bearing a blue plaque that reads 'Dame Agatha Christie lived here'.

Brown's Hotel

On the way, treat yourself to tea at Brown's Hotel. This elegant five-star hotel is considered the prototype of the Bertram Hotel, where Miss Marple investigated another murder in her novel of the same name. Nothing could be more British than that!

St. Martin's Theatre

A walk through Agatha Christie's memorabilia is worth a visit to the St. Martin's Theatre. It was here in 1952 that the play The Mousetrap was staged, which broke all records for the number of viewers. The writer herself repeatedly came to evaluate the production and admitted that she really enjoyed writing for the theater. On stage, the characters of her novels come to life and the audience gets a chance to find the murderer themselves right in the middle of the action.

Cross Keys, Covent Garden

Most roads through Agatha Christie's sacred sites lead to the West End theatre district. This is where the writer's once favourite hangout is located. The eclectic pub, The Cros Keys, opened as early as 1703. Since then, it has been frequented regularly by London bohemians. Agatha Christie was among the first, and later passed the baton to publicist Dylan Thomas, singers Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones.

Agatha Christie memorial

Just a five-minute walk from the former Detective Club, there is a monument to Agatha Christie. It is a bronze sculpture in the shape of a book with a bust of the writer on the cover. Crowds of tourists can often be found there, frozen in awe-inspiring silence.

Oriental Dragon Restaurant

In the 1930s, in Chinatown, Agatha and a group of other writers founded the "Detective Club" - a kind of private society of crime story enthusiasts. The initiation of members of the club was very funny: everyone who wanted to say the oath on a human skull, nicknamed Eric. The essence of the pledge was that the main characters of writers' books must solve crimes solely by the power of their minds, i.e. without the help of mystical revelations. During the meetings club members discussed story lines, deduced the canons of the detective genre and enjoyed the local cuisine. The site is now home to Oriental Dragon, a Chinese restaurant.

Charterhouse Square

On the same day, you can follow in Hercule Poirot's footsteps straight to Whitehaven Mansions. This Art Deco apartment building is located in the heart of London. That there was an apartment and the agency of the private detective. The detective lived in apartment number 56B, from which he then moved into apartment 203. According to the story just in this house was the murder of Mrs. Ernestine Grant, for the investigation of which the moustache was taken. The exact address is 6-9 Charterhouse Square, Barbican, London

Day 2: Journey to the source: Torquay and Greenway

Traditionally, let's go to the city where the future writer took her first steps towards success. Agatha Christie was born in the south-west of England, in the picturesque town of Torquay. Be sure to check it out for a stroll along the waterfront: past the Victorian pier, where a young Agatha Christie roller-skated, to the Grand Hotel, where she spent her wedding night with her first husband. There's also an annual Agatha Christie Festival in Torquay, which attracts the most avid detective and puzzle enthusiasts.

Torquay

Torquay Musuem

On the advice of her older sister, or out of boredom, Agatha took a pen, dipped it in ink and began to piece together the image of the iconic hero Hercule Paurot. An ancestral home where Agatha wrote the first lines of his novels, has not survived. Now it is just a blue plaque. But the Torquay City Museum has a permanent exhibition. The exhibits and photos there illustrate the everyday life and creative aspects of the writer's biography. In addition to archival snapshots, the museum displays manuscripts and notes, as well as wardrobe items from the master detective's shoulder. The interiors of the museum are also flooded with furniture and other props that were used in the filming of Hercule Poirot.

The Grand Hotel

The young writer's work was interrupted by the First World War. A naturally kind-hearted girl volunteered to work in a military hospital, performing the duties of a nurse. She was then promoted to pharmacist. This experience came in handy for Agatha in writing novels, where some 83 murders were committed through poisoning. It was during this period that the beautiful Englishwoman met pilot Colonel Archibald Christie. In 1914 she married the young man despite his status as an incorrigible ladies' man. The couple honeymooned at The Grand Hotel, which still exists and is available to the public. Fans of Agatha Christie's novels regularly come to Torquay and book months in advance the apartment where the writer experienced the joys of first love.

Greenway

Agatha Christie's magnificent Greenway estate is located on the River Dart in Devon. It's where the queen of the detective spent every summer with her family, hosting guests and, of course, writing books. It was also the setting for film adaptations of her novels. For example, Greenway became the setting for "The Dead Man's Folly" - the estate is depicted in the third series of the 13th season of the series about Hercule Poirot. The mansion itself is beautiful both on television and in person. In 2009 it opened as a museum, showcasing items that belonged to the writer and her husband: a collection of clocks, ceramics, figurines and crockery which Agatha Christie collected. Family portraits and photographs hang on the walls. There is even a grand piano, which she loved to play.

Queens Park Railway Station (Dartmouth Steam Railway)

Incidentally, you can get to Agatha Christie's family estate via the route of Hercule Paurot himself. In 1844 a new railway line was laid from Torquay to Kingsguare. It was on the trains of the Darmunt Line that the mustachioed detective travelled in Christie's detective novels Alphabet Murder and Dead Man's Folly.

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