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12/01/06
Bromley to Evolve Into Tourist SiteBromley to Evolve Into Tourist Site
- Darwin's former house up for World Heritage nomination

BROMLEY could become a landmark on London's tourist trail, if Culture Minister Tessa Jowell gets her way.

The typical suburb on the borders of south London and Kent isn't many people's idea of destination to die for, but it does boast Down House, the former home of Charles Darwin, and it is from this angle that Jowell hopes to raise Bromley's profile.

"Darwin was one of the greatest scientists of the modern age," said Jowell of the man whose book on evolution, The Origin of Species, remains one of the most important publications of all time. It was written at Down House.

Darwin moved to Down House following his famous trip to the Galapagos Islands in 1842 and stayed there for 40 years. Jowell's idea is to achieve World Heritage Site status for Down House, an accolade which would raise its profile and that of Bromley, too.

The one snag is that the decision-making process for such sites is almost as slow as the process of evolution itself; Down House won't know its fate until the summerof 2007.



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