Carlyle's House, in the district of Chelsea, in central London, England, was the home acquired by the historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane Welsh Carlyle, after having lived at Craigenputtock in Dumfriesshire, Scotland. She was a prominent woman of letters, for nearly half a century. The building dates from 1708 and is at No. 24 Cheyne Row (No. 5 at Carlyle's time); the house is now owned by the National Trust.Use our London road trip planning app to visit Carlyle's House on your trip to London, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
The house is a typical Georgian terraced house, a modestly comfortable home where the Carlyles lived with one servant and Jane's dog, Nero. The house was opened to the public in 1895, just fourteen years after Carlyle's death. It is preserved very much as it was when the Carlyles lived there despite another resident moving in after them with her scores of cats and dogs. It is a good example of a middle class Victorian home due to the efforts of devotees tracking down much of the original furniture owned by the Carlyles. It contains some of the Carlyles' books (many on permanent loan from the London Library, which was established by Carlyle), pictures and personal possessions, together with collections of portraits by artist such as James Abbott McNeill Whistler and Helen Allingham and memorabilia assembled by their admirers.
Carlyle's House Reviews
Knowing very little about Carlyle I came away informed, enlightened and laughing. It is well curated with many notices to read about life in Cheyne Row. The comments by his wife Jane are hilarious, es... more »
I think it is fair to say that Carlyle is not widely read today, but in Victorian times all the leading lights of the literary world beat a path to his door. This property is where the Carlyles receiv... more »
Hidden gem in London. This is a great place of historical interest in Chelsea. It was the home of Thomas & Jane Carlyle, and appears to be preserved as a Victorian town house. As it is a town house rather than a big estate you only need 1-2 hours to explore so it is a great way to spend an afternoon and offers something unique to the big museums and palaces in London.
Thomas Carlyle was a Victorian author who wrote dull historical books. His wife Jane was a much livelier writer of letters. Their house is a well preserved Victorian home with many original pieces. The rooms are small but full of interest. It is tucked away between Kings Road and the Thames, and is worth visiting if you are in the area. It's free for National Trust members, if not it's £8
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