former home of the English naturalist Charles Darwin and his family
For the second part of his life, Charles Darwin lived in Down, Kent with his family. The family owned the house for just over 60 years (1842–1906). It was in Bromley, Kent and now it is in the London Borough of Bromley.
This is where the Origin of Species was written, and all his later books.
Later history of the houseEdit
Down House was bought in 1996 by English Heritage, with a grant from the Wellcome Trust. It was restored with funds raised by the Natural History Museum from many trusts, and from a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. It was reopened to the public in April 1998.
The room where Darwin wrote all his later books has been restored as it was in his time. The house, gardens and Darwin's workroom can be seen by visitors.