National Trust's 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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  • I was warmly welcome by two ladies who gave me a summary of Carlyle's life. The house if full of stories, original pieces of furniture, books and there is plenty to do. There are three floors open to ...  more »
  • We had a couple of hours to spare so we visited Carlyle house, it was interesting to see the inside of one of these townhouses be it one of historical significance that belonged to Thomas & Jane Carly...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Well worth a visit for the superb ambience and excellent volunteers, but most of the value for me was the insight into the literary high society of the time, readily available through the many fascinating narrative pieces that adorn every room.
  • Really fascinating 19th century house with masses of information, not just about Carlyle and his wife, but their connections to the literary greats of the time: Dickens, Thackeray, Poe, James, Emerson. Cash only if you're not a NT member.
  • Extremely well informed and enthusiastic staff. I love how you have to ring the door bell to get in. It's like actually entering someone's private house. Nice selection of quotes. I spent an hour in the house, but didn't do all the reading. Would recommend, especially if you're a member.
  • A step into the past... Wonderful
  • Tucked away among Chelsea's narrow residential streets, the house takes you back to the mid-19C when Thomas Carlyle lived there. Most of the exhibits​ relate to his literary output and circle of friends.

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