Jody Baker: The Modest Residence Of The Great Financier

Thursday, August 8, 2013 - by Jody Baker

In The Beryl Coronet, Fairbank  is the name of “the modest residence” of the great financier, Alexander Holder.  Dr. Watson referred to it as “modest.”  He described it :

“Fairbank was a good-sized square house of white stone, standing back a little from the road. A double carriage-sweep, with a snow-clad lawn, stretched down in front to two large iron gates which closed the entrance. On the right side was a small wooden thicket, which led into a narrow path between two neat hedges stretching from the road to the kitchen door, and forming the tradesmen’s entrance. On the left ran a lane which led to the stables, and was not itself within the grounds at all, being a public, though little used, thoroughfare.”

Now, that may seem modest to Dr. Watson. However, compared to the cottage and yard that Mrs . Baynes and I enjoy as our home, it seems splendid.

But we love what we have. No doubt about that. 

Insp. Baynes

(Jody Baker is a Chattanooga attorney, who specializes in Sherlock Holmes lore. He can be reached at

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