Darwin, Down House and Downe

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Down House was the home of Charles Darwin from 1843 until his death, 40 years later. It was here that he wrote 'The Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection', first published in 1859. He withdrew to the quiet countryside around Downe to avoid the activities of the scientific and academic communities in London, preferring to take an interest in village affairs. Although only 14 miles from Central London, few of his peers visited. Then as now, Downe is not the easiest place to get to!

Whilst extending and improving his family home, Darwin continued with both his evolutionary theories and experimental work on a variety of species such as orchids, barnacles, pigeons and worms, deriving inspiration from his garden and the local environment. This walk is through 'Darwin's Living Landscape', a proposed UNESCO World Heritage site. Down House is open to visitors - details of admission from English Heritage.

England - South England - Kent - Countryside


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