© Mr Geoffrey Carver
DARWIN HOUSE, BEACON STREET (north east side)
LICHFIELD, LICHFIELD, STAFFORDSHIRE
Mr Geoffrey Carver
21 August 1999
05 February 1952
Date of last amendment:
05 February 1952
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SK1109NW BEACON STREET
1094-1/4/18 (North East side)
05/02/52 Darwin House
House. c1758, converted from medieval timber-framed range on
the west side of the south court of Vicars' Close. For Erasmus
Brick with stucco dressings; double-span tile roof with brick
Double-depth, central staircase plan. Georgian style.
2 storeys with basement; symmetrical 3-window range. Stucco
basement; 2 sill bands; top modillioned cornice and
stone-coped brick parapet with 2 balustraded panels.
Centre breaks forward under pediment. Round-headed entrance
has Tuscan aedicule, round-headed half-glazed door; opposed
ashlar steps with iron handrail and arch below. Venetian
windows to each floor have Tuscan antae, entablatures,
archivolts and sashes with glazing bars; central 1st floor
window has eared architrave, triple key and 9-pane sash.
Rear has rounded-headed stair window with sash, flanking
windows with rubbed brick flat arches and 12-pane sashes; 3
windows above, 2 with 6-pane sashes, one blocked; coped gables
and cross-axial stack.
Erasmus Darwin, 1731-1802, lived here until c1781. He was a
doctor and a member of the Lunar Society whose researches into
botany and zoology led him to explore a theory of evolution.
He was grandfather of Charles Darwin.
(Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Staffordshire: London:
1974-: P.192-3; Victoria History of the County of Stafford:
Greenslade M W: Lichfield: Oxford: 1990-: P.64; Lichfield
Council: Erasmus Darwin).