Benjamin Franklin’s house in London

Know the Benjamin Franklin’s house in London

The Residence of one of the founding fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin, is located on Craven Street ( London ), just minutes from Trafalgar Square.

The house was built in 1730. It was inhabited by Franklin between 1757 and 1775. Currently, there is a museum and an educational center. Visitors can learn what Mr. Franklin’s student life was like. Also the experiments and scientific discoveries made in London.

Benjamin Franklin's house in london
Benjamin Franklin in 1767. Portrait by David Martin

Franklin’s main occupation in London was that of mediator between Britain and the United States. Meanwhile, science also occupied an important part of his life. I investigate, bifocal lenses and economic kitchens.

In the upper floor of the house there is a European coordination center for the study of Mr. Franklin. A complete set of Benjamin Franklin documents cataloged by Yale University can also be located. Also a symposium program

Bones at Benjamin Franklin’s house in London

As the house that Benjamin Franklin lived in London still existed, in 1998 it was thought to install in it a Museum dedicated to his memory. At the beginning of the remodeling work when digging in the basement, 15 bodies were found buried in a secret room that had no windows and looked under the garden. The skeletons were in a hole one meter wide by one meter deep. In total there were more than 1,200 pieces. Studies showed that they were from the time when Mr. Franklin lived in that house.

Benjamin Franklin's house in london

The head of these bones was the anatomist William Hewson, son-in-law of the owner of the house that housed Mr. Franklin. Hewson carried out anatomical studies in his home and possibly, due to the country’s restrictive laws on body dissections. The corpses were bought in the black market. Some of those bones had cuts, others had scalpel marks and even skulls. perforated

William Hewson died shortly after Mr. Franklin returned to the United States. The cause of death was due to an infection caused by a cut with the scalpel while dissecting a corpse.

Many doctors turned to the resurrectionists (body dealers) to get bodies to dissect. The remains of those that Hewson used went to that hole in the basement of his house after being used

 

Info for the visit

Benjamin Franklin’s house in London

36 Craven Street, London, WC2N 5NF

Opening hours

Architectural tour – Every Monday at 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:15 and 16:15

School Day – Tuesday

Historical Experience – from Wednesday to Sunday at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m.

Opening Hours
Monday:
10:30 – 17:00
Tuesday:
Closed
Wednesday:
10:30 – 17:00
Thursday:
10:30 – 17:00
Friday:
10:30 – 17:00
Saturday:
10:30 – 17:00
Sunday:
10:30 – 17:00

Benjamin Franklin's house in london
Franklin, Jefferson and Adams write the Declaration of Independence of the United States. J. L. Gerome. XIX century.

 

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tower bridge - Original Design - Sir Joseph Bazalgette
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

 

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tower bridge - London 125th opening - Original Design
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

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tower bridge - London 125th opening - Original Design
Courtesy London Metropolitan Archives

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tower bridge - London 125th opening

Some 870,000 people visited the interior of the monument in 2018. The money raised goes to a charity of the City of London and adds more than 6 million pounds a year. There is a replica of London Tower bridge in the Chinese city of Suzhou and a future copy is prepared in the Philippines.

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