2017

TQ4260 : Path to the Sandwalk, Down House

taken 7 years ago, near to Downe, Bromley, England

Path to the Sandwalk, Down House
Path to the Sandwalk, Down House
Down House was the home of Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) who lived here for 40 years, from 1842 until his death. Down House was also home to Darwin's wife Emma, their ten children, domestic staff, and various pets and livestock. Situated in rural Kent, the house offered all the peace and privacy that Darwin needed to work on his scientific theories and it was here that he developed his theory of evolution by natural selection and wrote "On the Origin of Species by Natural Selection" which was published in 1859.

The Sandwalk was Darwin's 'thinking path' where he strolled three times a day, formulating his ideas. He kept a pile of five stones at the side of the path and would kick away a stone with each lap to keep track of how far he had walked. His children sometimes added to the number to fool him in walking further. This view looks back towards the start of the Sandwalk. This path leads from the house via the kitchen garden to the Sandwalk where the line of trees can be seen in the left hand field. The field on the left is the Great House Meadow while the field on the right slopes down to West Kent Golf Course.

Although now in the London Borough of Bromley, Down House still feels incredibly remote and peaceful, especially the views to the west. Down House is owned now by English Heritage.

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TQ4260, 40 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Photographer
Marathon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 22 January, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 23 January, 2017
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4299 6095 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:19.7806N 0:3.0603E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 4298 6098
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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