The Franco-Midland Hardware Company

From Fanlore
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Fan Club
Name: FMCH
Dates: 1989-?
Country based in: United Kingdom/international
Focus: Sherlockian "study group"
External Links: home page (archived copy)
Click here for related articles on Fanlore.

The Franco-Midland Hardware Company (aka the FMHC or The Company) is a Sherlockian fan club based in the UK, but with international membership. It is unclear whether this group is still active.

FMHC's mission is "the development of studies of the world of Sherlock Holmes, as created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and studies of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself. It currently has members in more than forty countries. The group has reasonably been described as being the most active Holmesian organisation in the world."[1]

According to The bedside, bathtub & armchair companion to Sherlock Holmes, FMHC has organized events "such as a dinner aboard a steam train at the site of one of the canonical adventures and an eight-day expedition to Reichenbach in Switzerland. They have also erected a plaque at Conan Doyle's home in Hindhead."[2]

The group has also published various guides and fanzines through Sherlock Publications, including The FMHC Memo.

The name of the group is a reference to the Sherlock Holmes story "The Stock-broker's Clerk."


  1. ^ The Franco-Midland Hardware Company, archived 5 February 2004.
  2. ^ Dick Riley and Pam McAllister. The bedside, bathtub & armchair companion to Sherlock Holmes. Continuum International Publishing Group, 1999. p. 101. Google Books.