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The Parents of Charles Darwin

From about 1800, Robert and Susannah lived at The Mount, built by Robert Darwin in an elevated position overlooking the town of Shrewsbury:

Old picture of the Mount House
Figure 2: The Mount
 
This picture probably represents the Mount much as Charles Darwin knew it. Later photographs show a portico at the front door and, at different periods, different types of greenhouse or conservatory. Robert Darwin was said to enjoy the greenhouse which opened off the morning room. See also the layout diagrams at Plan of the Mount, 1866.

Charles Darwin’s mother Susannah died in 1817, when Charles was only 8 years old. He was subsequently raised by his three older sisters.

Sources and Further Reading:

Shrewsbury: Dr. Robert Darwin

King-Hele, Desmond. Doctor of Revolution: The Life and Genius of Erasmus Darwin. London, Faber & Faber, 1977.