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Down House rear aspect Kitchen Garden Darwins laboratory
Charles Darwin moved to Down House in 1842 with his wife and two children following the completion of his many sea voyages and it was here that he wrote his famous work 'On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection' that was published to controversial acclaim in 1859. Darwin spent the next 40 years altering the 18th century farmhouse near Biggin Hill in Kent to suit the needs of him and his family. The substantial grounds surrounding the house were ideal for the eminent naturalist to continue his study of plant life and to carry out scientific experiments. He also found the gardens a great source of relaxation and exercise as well as a place of solitude to formulate his thoughts.
Darwins Study
Charles Robert Darwin was born in 1809 of a prosperous middle class family, his paternal grandfather was the scientist Erasmus Darwin and his maternal grandfather was the potter Josiah Wedgewood. At 16 he went to Edinburgh University to study medicine which he hated, so he joined Christ's College Cambridge to study theology which he found more congenial.

in January 1831 he was offered an opportunity that was to transform his life, when he was chosen as the naturalist on board HMS Beagle and spent the next five years circumnavigating the globe. The most famous of many places visited were the Galapagos Islands where he stayed for one month. He collected many specimens on his journey and made daily entries into a journal, that was to form the basis for his published works.

This is only a brief summary of the life of the great man, but a visit to Down house off the A21 near Biggin Hill in Kent, will provide much more information on Darwin's life and travels. Tour the House, including his study and browse several exhibitions explaining his life, also explore the pleasant grounds which include his old laboratory.
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Flower borders Extensive house grounds One of the exhibitions on Darwins life

Down House rear 2009

Darwin's Greenhouse

Down House Daffodils 2009