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Victorian writers' shrine in Chelsea

Hidden in the quiet back streets of Chelsea is the home of Thomas and Jane Carlyle.

A twist of fate turned Carlyle into a star of the 19th-century literary world. Suddenly this was the place to be.                                                      

When you pull the bell to enter you will follow in the footsteps of Dickens, Ruskin, Tennyson and many more.

William Makepeace Thackeray said: 'Tom Carlyle lives in perfect dignity in a house in Chelsea with a snuffy Scotch maid to open the door and best company in England ringing at it!'

Come and learn more of their remarkable story as you look around this authentic, evocative, very special place. 

Read the Carlyles' letters online

Just one of Jane's many letters

Just one of Jane's many letters

Jane Carlyle is considered one of the best women letter writers in the English language. You can read Thomas and Jane's letters online at the The Carlyles' Letters Online website.

Listen to our Women's Hour feature

In 2011, we were very pleased to be featured on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour. Reporter Louise Adamson visited to find more about Thomas Carlyle and his wife Jane, and their lives here.

We're featured from 9 min 50 secs onwards.