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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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  • Wonderfully welcoming staff to give you a personal story about the inhabitants. My children (7 and 10) were equally captivated by the stories in the house. You get a real feel for life as it was like ...  more »
  • There are two good reasons to visit this House, First is the Carlyle family, if you have an interest in them their story is very well told and of course in there very own home, If your interest is his...  more »
  • We stopped in here, initially to kill a bit of time on our was to the Chelsea Flower show. I knew little about the writer and his wife but I left knowing so much more. On arrival we were given a brief...  more »