The Mount, Shrewsbury
The largest Georgian house was built in 1800 by Charles Darwin's father, the local very successful doctor Robert Darwin. His son Charles was born there on 12 February 1809. Robert Darwin died in the house on 13 November 1848, followed by his unmarried daughters Catherine and Susan. Since there were no surviving members of the Darwin family in residence, the house was then put up for auction, after the three surviving Darwin children, Ras, Charles, and Caroline Wedgwood had taken what possessions they wished.
In 1996 The Mount Residents' Group was formed, motivated by concern over a proposed development of 18 houses on land at Rowton Lodge, a Grade II listed house in the middle of The Mount. Due to pressure from the group, the development was cancelled.
As of 2004[update], the house is occupied by the District Valuer and Valuation Office of Shrewsbury, and visits may be made by appointment during office hours. The building is grade II* listed. The site is not recognized as a museum. However, Down House, where Darwin spent most of his adult life, is a museum. In January 2018 a steering group was established by the Mayor of Shrewsbury, Councillor Jane Mackenzie, and led by Shrewsbury Town Council. Their purpose was to acquire Mount House and take it into public ownership, so that a cultural and visitor destination could be developed which would provide a focus where Charles Darwin’s heritage and contribution to science could be celebrated.
- The Mount Residents' Group
- http://www.gruts.com/darwin/images/photos/html/mount-02.htm[permanent dead link]
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