DOWN HOUSE

Overview

Heritage Category: Listed Building

Grade: I

List Entry Number: 1038325

Date first listed: 31-May-1954

Statutory Address: DOWN HOUSE, LUXTED ROAD, DOWNE

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Location

Statutory Address: DOWN HOUSE, LUXTED ROAD, DOWNE

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County: Greater London Authority

District: Bromley (London Borough)

National Grid Reference: TQ 43154 61150

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History

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Details

This list entry was subject to a Minor Amendment on 10/07/2014

TQ 46 SW 12/158

DOWNE LUXTED ROAD Down House

(Formerly listed as Downe House)

31.5.54.

I This house would be Grade II on architectural grounds but is Grade I for historical associations. It was occupied by Charles Darwin from 1842-1882. "The Origin of the Species" was written here, and Darwin died in the house on the 19 April 1882. It was now a museum, and Darwin's study is preserved as far as possible as it was in his day. The building consists of a centre and 2 wings. The centre dates from early C19. 3 storeys 5 windows. Stuccoed. Wide eaves cornice. Hipped slate roof. Windows with segmental heads and glazing bars missing. The South-East wing is gabled and probably older than the main block. 2 storeys of 2 windows, plus one round-headed window and also an attic window in the gable. Stuccoed front. The North-West wing is a mid-late C19 addition made by Darwin containing his new study. 2 storeys. 3 windows. Cemented front, but attached to it is an early C19 block and a verandah to the North-West added wing. Inset in the front garden wall facing the road is a tablet recording:-

"Here Darwin thought and worked for forty years and died 1882".

Listing NGR: TQ4317861121

Legacy

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Legacy System number: 358519

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