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.
It is designed to resemble a large leather bound book with an oval opening in which there is a bust of Agatha.
At the bottom there is a row of smaller books with the names of several of her books written on the spine in different languages including braille, a reminder that her work has been translated in to over 100 different languages.
The detail on the opposite side, from left to right, depicts Hercule Poirot, the Orient Express, the pyramids, a mousetrap, a country house, typewriter and Miss Jane Marple.
Agatha Christie Bust - Torquay
There is a bronze bust of Agatha in her home town of Torquay, Devon by the Dutch sculptor Carol Van Den Boom-Cairns. Agatha was born here on 15 September 1890 and it was unveiled by her daughter Rosalind Hicks in 1990 to commemorate her centenary.
Grand Hotel - Torquay
Torquay holds an Agatha Christie Festival in September. I attended in 2011 and was lucky enough to to book an inexpensive room at the Grand Hotel. This is where Agatha and Archie Christie, her first husband, spent their honeymoon after their wedding on Christmas Eve 1914.
One day I travelled on a 1950s vintage bus called Barnaby to the Agatha's former holiday home. It was great fun and provide an opportunity to see some of the beautiful Devonshire countryside. (UPDATE: Sadly Barnaby has now retired.)
Agatha acquired Greenway in 1938 and it became her holiday home until her death in 1976. The property is located near Brixham, on the banks of the River Dart.
Although she never wrote any of her books there, the property is now a popular tourist attraction managed by the National Trust.
Practical Information & Website Links
Agatha Christie Festival takes places in September to coincide with her birthday. During the festival various events are held including film screenings, talks, garden parties, tea dances and theatre shows.
Address: Greenway House, Greenway Road, near Brixham, TQ5 0ES
Details about opening times and admission costs can be found on the National Trust website.
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The author of this blog is a qualified City of London and City of Westminster Tour Guide who leads guided walks combining world famous landmarks with hidden treasures often missed by the crowds.