Charles Lyells Home


Charles Lyells Home

The home of geologist Sir Charles Lyell.

Location: 73 Harley Street, Marylebone, W1G 8QJ

Description: Originally a row of terraced houses dating back to 1773, they were replaced around 1905 by these Edwardian Renaissance style townhouses by British architect William Henry White.

It was the talk of the town in a notorious celebrated society scandal in 1830 between Prince Felix of Schwarzenberg, a London attache to the Habsburgs, and the married Lady Jane Ellenborough.

Geologist Sir Charles Lyell lived here from 1854-1875 while W.E. Gladstone lived here from 1876-1882. Scottish geologist Lyell demonstrated the power of known natural causes to explain the earth's history. He wrote the Principles of Geology and was a close friend of Charles Darwin, contributing to Darwin's thinking on the processes involved in evolution. He is mentioned in The Origin of the Species.

The 20th century saw its use change to that of medical practitioners, including Walter Jessup and Sir Neil Hamilton Fairley.

From 2017 the building was Grade II listed and in recent years has been a dental surgery.

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Charles Lyells Home

The home of geologist Sir Charles Lyell.

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