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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
29th May 1960 Born today: Adrian Paul, London England, actor (Dance to Win, Highlander)
29th May 1924 Pierre-Paul Cambon, French diplomat (Madrid/London), dies
29th May 1911 W.S. Gilbert of Gilbert & Sullivan fame, dies in his lake at Grims Dyke trying to save a girl.
Charles Darwin lived here
This is where Charles Darwin lived with his new wife Emma.
Location: 12 Upper Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London
Description: This was the first home of Charles and Emma Darwin after their marriage in 1839. Charles had moved in on 31st December 1838 and they were married on 29th January. They rented it, furnished and fondly called it Macaw Cottage because of it's colourful decor.
Their two eldest children, William Erasmus & Anne Elizabeth were born here.
They moved out in September 1842, and in 1941 the German bombers destroyed the house, and it's now the Department of Biology for the University College London. The Darwin building stands on the exact spot of Macaw Cottage.
It was numbered 110 when they moved in, but later it was renumbered to be number 12.