Downe House

Downe House
Downe House

Seeing as it was a lovely day and I was off work Deborah, Rose and I had a little jaunt to Downe House (near Biggin Hill in Kent).

This house was owned by Charles Darwin and it was here that he wrote the famous ‘On the Origin of Species’. He also conducted many experiments and wrote literally thousands of letters over the years.

The greenhouse at Downe House
The greenhouse at Downe House

How did Charles afford such a lovely house (and to greatly alter and extend it), well it seems both he and his wife were grandchildren to Josiah Wedgewood, of pottery fame. Probably best not to dwell on the fact that he and his wife were first cousins – yeww.

All of this aside though, the day was not without drama as we went to the tea shop and there was no cake! To say Deborah was upset is an understatement as this was half the reason that we’d come.

Very nice and worth a visit. Take a look at all my pictures of Downe house and gardens.


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