Visit Charles Darwin’s Home At Down House, Bromley

“People come here, almost as pilgrims, from all over the world.” Image: Matt Brown We pay a visit to Down House, the home of Charles Darwin, tucked away in the bottom-right corner of London. “And here’s the slide that Darwin had put in, so that his children could whiz down the stairs.” So notes curator … Read more

Charles Dickens in Shadwell & Limehouse

Bookings for THE GENTLE AUTHOR’S TOURS are now open for June & July In Narrow St, Limehouse Charles Dickens’ godfather Christopher Huffam lived and ran his sailmaking, blockmaking and chandlery business from a substantial house in Newell St, next to St Anne’s Limehouse. Huffam adored his godson, declaring the boy a prodigy, tipping him half … Read more

Charles Dickens’s first novel, The Pickwick Papers, goes on show

Although he was a successful writer already, it was the publication of The Pickwick Papers in 1836 that was to transform Charles Dickens into the publishing legend that we know today, and there’s an exhibition about that first novel at his eponymous museum. The novel was not published as a novel, but was serialised over … Read more

Prince Charles visits Dexters playground on Railton Road

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, today (4 May) met local young people at the Dexters playground on Railton Road. They discussed issues including youth mental health that leads to violent crime and possible solutions. Prince Charles also spoke to mentors and supporters of BIGKID, the charity that runs the playground He was welcomed to … Read more

Charles Norman Shay’s Job in Normandy Was to Save Lives

BORN IN 1924 in Bristol, Connecticut, Charles Norman Shay is a tribal elder with the Penobscot Nation and grew up on the reservation on Indian Island, Maine. Drafted as a medic into the 16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division, in 1943, Shay’s introduction to combat came when he landed in the first wave at Omaha … Read more

Ten London Buildings Designed by Sir Charles Barry

Several famous architects have put their indelible stamp on London, designing several of its most famous buildings. Certainly, one of its most famous designers is none other than Sir Charles Barry. As a young man, Barry enjoyed sketching and used his inheritance to embark on a grand tour of Europe, the Middle East, and the … Read more