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Carlyle's House, London

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Carlyle's House, in the district of Chelsea, in central London, England, was the home acquired by the historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle, after having lived at Craigenputtock in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. She was a prominent woman of letters, for nearly half a century. The building dates from 1708 and is at No. 24 Cheyne Row (No. 5 at Carlyle's time); the house is now owned by the National Trust.The house is a typical Georgian terraced house, a modestly comfortable home where the Carlyles lived with one servant and Jane's dog, Nero. The house was opened to the public in 1895, just fourteen years after Carlyle's death. It is preserved very much as it was when the Carlyles lived there despite another resident moving in after them with her scores of cats and dogs. It is a good example of a middle class Victorian home due to the efforts of devotees tracking down much of the original furniture owned by the Carlyles. It contains some of the Carlyles' books (many on permanent loan from the London Library, which was established by Carlyle), pictures and personal possessions, together with collections of portraits by artist such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Helen Allingham and memorabilia assembled by their admirers.
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  • Even if you know nothing about Thomas and Jane Carlyle do take the time to visit 24 Cheyne Row which was their home from 1834-81. It is like a Victorian time capsule and tells the sometime comedic occ...  more »
  • This is a great "small" venue to visit but with a BIG story to tell and the interpretation was excellent. I spent a good couple of hours plus in this small house and felt enlightened by the experience...  more »
  • Situated not far from the banks of the Thames and a short walk from the Kings Road, gaining access to this NT property was by ringing the doorbell. This was quite apt and in keeping with the well pres...  more »