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Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) was sent to the Jesuit preparatory school of Hodder in Lancashire. Hodder was attached to the Jesuit secondary school of Stonyhurst, to which school Conan Doyle moved two years later. The young medical student met a number of future authors who were also attending the university, including James Barrie and Robert Louis Stevenson. But the man who most impressed and influenced him, wwas without a doubt, one of his teachers, Dr. Joseph Bell. The good doctor was a master at observation, logic, deduction, and diagnosis. All these qualities were later to be found in the persona of the celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes. Doyle graduated at the age of 17. He went on to study medicine at both Edinburgh and Plymouth.

Elsie Jeanette Dunkerley (1880-1960) (Elsie J Oxenham) was born on 25 November 1880 in the Birkdale area of Southport, Lancs. Her father William Dunkerley later became well-known as the poet and novelist John Oxenham, and when Elsie began writing she took this surname as well.

James Hilton (1900-1954) b 9.9.00 Leigh, Lancashire. In 1935 went to South California. Died 20.12.56 Long Beach, California. Edu. Christ College, Cambridge.

Barbara Pym 1913-19870 Educated at Liverpool College, Huyton and St Hilda's, Oxford.

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