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Notes taken by Charles Darwin for his lawn plot experiment at Down House

Charles Darwin1856–58

English Heritage

English Heritage
United Kingdom

These notes were taken by Charles Darwin and refer to his lawn plot experiment in the garden at Down House, from around 1856–8.

Down House, built in the early 18th century, was home to the great scientist Charles Darwin for 40 years until his death in 1882. After moving to the house in 1842, Darwin and his wife, Emma, remodelled the building and its extensive gardens many times. The garden was integral to family life. It provided a place of play and relaxation, a kitchen garden to grow food, and perhaps most famously a place for Darwin to experiment and test his scientific theories. It was here that Darwin developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote his ground breaking work ‘On the Origin of Species’ (1859).

Details

  • Title: Notes taken by Charles Darwin for his lawn plot experiment at Down House
  • Creator: Charles Darwin
  • Date Created: 1856–58
  • Location: Down House
  • Type: Notebook
  • Original Source: DOWN HOUSE, ENGLISH HERITAGE
  • Rights: Historic England

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