Home of Charles Darwin - Down House

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 Down House Timeline

1838-42Family Home

Charles Darwin marries Emma Wedgwood. They move into Down House to accommodate their growing family.

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1842-6Early Scientific Research

Darwin completes his trilogy on South America's geology, and begins his classification of barnacles and his garden experiments.

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