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Charles Darwin's home - Down House

Charles Darwin's home - Down House
Charles Darwin's home - Down House
Charles Darwin's home - Down House
Charles Darwin's home - Down House
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Down House, Downe, Orpington BR6 7JJ, UK (51°19′54″N, 0°3′10″E)

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Charles Darwin's home - Down House
Down House remains much as it was when Darwin lived there. Many of the ground-floor rooms are filled with family portraits, furniture and personal possessions, as they were when Darwin lived here, while the study contains his writing desk, chair and many objects connected with his work. The gardens have been restored to their appearance in his time, and some of his experiments on plant and insect life are recreated in the garden and greenhouse.

It is still possible to discern the plain, square block of the original Georgian building behind the many alterations and additions made by the Darwins during their 40-year occupation. The original block, of three storeys and five bays, is visible at the centre of the house behind the three-storey bay that Darwin added in 1843.

Protruding to the north is the two-storey extension of 1858 that provided a drawing room and extra bedrooms above. To the south is the wing added in 1846 to provide domestic offices and a schoolroom on the first floor.
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