Agatha Christie Literary Trail

Agatha Christie Literary Trail

There are many sites featured in Agatha Christie novels close to the Weary Ploughman and they are great fun to visit…

The collection of sites reveals the inspirations behind over 20 Agatha Christie novels. On the literary trail you’ll come across places that inspired some of the most well-loved Miss Marple and Poirot mysteries.

The ABC Murders:
The steam railway station at Churston is right next door to the Weary Ploughman and you can take a delightful walk down to nearby Elberry Cove – both of which appear as themselves in The ABC Murders. Pretty Elberry Cove was the setting for Sir Carmichael Clarke’s untimely death in the novel. Here you can also see Lord Churston’s 18th century bathhouse, which has recently been renovated. Agatha Christie was aquainted with Lord and Lady Churston and often dined with them.

Ordeal by Innocence:
Hear the ringing of the Greenway Quay Bell, which is rung in Ordeal by Innocence to summon the ferry during a visit to Agatha Christie’s riverside residence on the banks of the beautiful Dart (now managed by the National Trust).

The Body in the Library and Peril At End House: See the original Majestic Hotel – aka the Imperial Hotel in Torquay, which features in both.

The Man in the Brown Suit: Even Kents Cavern in Torquay provided the inspiration for Hempsley Cavern in The Man in the Brown Suit.

Dead Man’s Folly: The final Poirot mystery, Dead Man’s Folly was recently filmed with David Suchet at Greenway and the grounds include a boathouse similar to one featured in the book.

You can easily imagine the English Riviera and the wider South Devon area as Agatha Christie may once have seen it. Discover how Torquay became “Hollowquay” and Dartmouth appeared as “Drymouth”.

Leaflets with a map showing all the locations are available at the Weary Ploughman or visit the website here:
englishriviera.co.uk/agathachristie/literary-trail