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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
20th June 1837 Queen Victoria receives the news from the Archbishop of Canterbury that her uncle William IV had died and she was now queen.
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.