Stepping Stones

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Undershaw is the former home of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of one of the world's best known fictional characters Sherlock Holmes.  He bought the land and helped to design a house to meet the needs of his sick wife.  


The history of Undershaw is described in the following pages:

  • Arthur Conan Doyle's idea
  • A family home
  • A hotel and it's decline
  • A new vision
  • As a modern school

On the 9th September 2016 we had our Grand Opening with over 400 guests visiting Undershaw, and on the following two days the school opened as part of the English Heritage Open Days with a further 500 people visiting the building.  These were led by Mark Goodchild, the architect, who provided a detailed tour with explanations of the extensive work that was done to restore and renovate the site. 

A year later we celebrated Undershaw's first anniversary with a party and open air performance of The Marriage Of Figaro. It was a magical evening; the grounds were lit with lanterns and there was seating for all. The rain didn’t keep anyone away and all the guests had a fantastic night. The food was delicious, catered by Browns Kitchen and Applegarth Farm. Over £7500 was raised from the silent auction which went directly to Stepping Stones School. Click here to view a short video about the celebrations.

The school will be looking to add more information to this area as we take the time to explore the historical and literary legacy of the property.  If you require further information please contact us at and do return to the website to see further information.

The school runs a number of events as part of our normal school calendar.  These include our Christmas Fayre, Sports Day, Charity Days, Exhibitions and Concerts.  We welcome our local community to join us on such occasions.  In addition, we have from this year launched a series of initiatives to allow groups to visit and learn more about Undershaw and its famous literary legacy. 

Our website will provide information on upcoming events and we are open to working with groups with new ideas to support our aims.   Find out more at: