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24 Cheyne Row, SW3
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
Thomas Carlyle was the renowned 19th century historian nicknamed the "Sage of Chelsea". He lived in this red-brick house from 1834 until his death in 1881, entertaining the likes of Dickens and Tennyson along the way.
During his lifetime he wrote many great works including The French Revolution and Frederick the Great. Rumour has it that when Carlyle finally finished The French Revolution a maid threw the manuscript on the fire by mistake, and so he had to write it all again.
Within a few years of his death it was converted into a museum and so it remains essentially as Carlyle left it. For example most of the furniture and books were Carlyle's, his actual hat hangs on a coat hook - and there is still no electricity!
Carlyle's House is open between April and October from 11am-5pm Wednesdays to Sundays. Admission costs around £3 for adults, free to National Trust members.
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