Dr Johnson’s House (London): where the dictionary was written

I popped in on this house and admired the open plan living – on the piano nobile the walls could fold back to create a single space.  The structures are now too fragile to move around, but I was impressed with this Georgian approach to light and space, in contrast to the Victorians’ desire to add small warrens of rooms into buildings.

From http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org

Dr Johnson wrote the dictionary!  He wrote it here, together with his many scribes.

His workrooms were on the top floor, which is now divided into two rooms, and on the ground floor are another two rooms – one of which is the shop.  There is also a cellar, where the kitchens would have been.

Another good example of an 18th century townhouse.

Do pop along.  If you’re a National Trust member, entrance is half-price (so under £3!).

If you’re from out of town you’ll probably want to visit Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese Pub across the courtyard, which has been open since 1667, when it was rebuilt after The Great Fire of London.

When visited: September 2012

House * out of 5: *

Website: http://www.drjohnsonshouse.org/

Theme tune: Do Re Me

One thought on “Dr Johnson’s House (London): where the dictionary was written

  1. My daughter and I visited in June 2012. I have read Boswell’s life of Dr. Johnson and wanted to see one of his houses. We are from California and when I told the cab driver where and what we were going to, he was completely surprised. He said in 30 years no American had ever asked to go there. A very atmospheric place. I think more people would enjoy visiting. It is rather obscure and not mentioned in many travel guides. Do go!

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