Craven Street, Charing Cross, London Location map
 
  Photograph of Benjamin Franklin's house, Charing Cross, London, England   Craven Street.

Benjamin Franklin's house at 36 Craven Street retains a number of its original 18th century features including original floorboards, original ceilings, and original staircases with relatively few later alterations. Benjamin Franklin lived and worked here for sixteen years having moved in when the house was only 30 years old.

 

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  Photograph of a door knocker, Craven Street, London, England   Craven Street.

It was a door knocker in Craven Street, although not this one, that purportedly inspired Charles Dickens to feature it in his 'Christmas Carol' as the ghostly face of his dead partner Jacob Marley.

 

 

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  Photograph of Herman Melville's house, Craven Street, London, England   Craven Street.

Herman Melville, the American author of Moby Dick, lived here in 1849 as the blue plaque on the wall testifies. Melville wasn't particularly popular during his lifetime but his popularity increased after his death.

The house is not open to the public.

 

 

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  Photograph of a Georgian terrace, Craven Street, London, England   Craven Street.

These Georgian houses in Craven Street are a different style from the houses at the other end of the street.

 

 

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