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National Trust Carlyle’s House

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24 Cheyne Row, is a beautiful Queen Anne house owened by Thomas Carlyle, the ‘Sage of Chelsea’. The home-making of his wife Jane is much in evidence: Victorian decor, furniture, pictures & books still remain.

Carlyle’s House, in the district of Chelsea, in central London, England, was the home of the historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane, who was a prominent woman of letters, for nearly half a century. It dates from 1708 and is at 24 Cheyne Row, which is one of London’s best preserved early eighteenth century streets. Chelsea is a district with many other literary and artistic associations. The house is now owned by the National Trust.

The house is a typical terraced house of its time, a modestly comfortable home where the Carlyles lived with one servant and received visitors such as Charles Dickens, Alfred Lord Tennyson and George Eliot. As 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, and is a good example of a middle class Victorian home. It contains some of the Carlyles’ furniture, books, pictures and personal possessions, together with collections of portraits and memorabilia assembled by their admirers. It has a small walled garden.

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