Wallace timeline

Timeline of places and houses where Wallace lived

By George Beccaloni


House and/or place

8 January 1823-late 1828/early 1829

Lives in Kensington Cottage, Usk, Monmouthshire (Wallace was born here).

late 1828/early 1829-early 1837

Five childhood homes in Hertford and Hertford Grammar School (leaves school aged 14 on 18 March 1837).

early 1837-summer 1837

Lives with his brother John in Robert Street, London.

summer 1837-December 1843

Works as a land-surveyor with brother William and travels widely in England and Wales. Becomes interested in botany in c. 1842 in Neath. 

early 1844-Easter 1845

Boards in the Headmaster’s House at the Collegiate School, Leicester. Meets Henry Walter Bates.

Easter 1845-early 1848

William dies. Moves to Neath, Wales (he initially lodges with Mr Sims; then rents Llantwit Cottage).

March?-April 1848 ARW and Bates stay at 50 Upper Albany Street, Regent's Park, London.

26 April 1848-1 October 1852

Spends four years traveling in South America with Bates.

early October-Christmas 1852

Lodges at 43 Upper Albany Street, London whilst waiting to move into 44 Upper Albany Street.

Christmas 1852-26 January 1854 Rents 44 Upper Albany Street, London and lives here with his mother and sister.

4 March 1854-31 March 1862
(27 January-3 March 1854 was spend living on Navy ships waiting to leave England)

Spends eight years traveling in South East Asia and whilst there writes his famous "Sarawak Law" (1855) and "Ternate" (1858) papers. He leaves Singapore for England on the 8th February 1862. 

early April 1862-March 1865

Stays with his sister and her husband at 5 Westbourne Grove Terrace, London.

March 1865-6/20 July 1867

Rents 9 St. Mark’s Crescent, Regent’s Park, London. He sublet the house during the period he lived in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex.

6/20 July 1867-early July 1868

Stays at Treeps in Hurstpierpoint, Sussex (Wallace’s father-in-law’s house). When visiting London during this period he stayed with his sister and her husband at 76 ½ Westbourne Grove, Bayswater, W., London.

early July 1868-22 March 1870 Returns to 9 St. Mark’s Crescent, Regent’s Park, London.

22 March 1870-25 March 1872

Rents Holly House, Tanner Street, Barking.

25 March 1872-25 June/23 July 1876

Lives in The Dell, Grays, Essex, the first of three houses he had built.

25 June/23 July 1876-March 1878

Rents Rose Hill, Dorking, Surrey.

March 1878-March/June 1880

Rents Waldron Edge, Duppas Hill Lane, Croydon.

March/June 1880-5 May 1881

Rents Pen-y-Bryn, St Peter’s Road, Croydon.

5 May 1881-16 March 1889
(Goes on lecture tour to North America 
9 October 1886 - 20 August 1887)

Lives in Nutwood Cottage, Frith Hill, Godalming, Surrey, the second house he built. He sells it in 1901 for £1200.

16 March 1889-24 June 1889 Rents unidentified house in Godalming.

24 June 1889-18/20 September 1902

Rents, then buys Corfe View, Parkstone, Dorset.

18/20 September 1902-mid-November 1902 Lodges at 57 York Road, Broadstone, Dorset owned by Jane Clark.

mid-November 1902-7 November 1913

Lives in Old Orchard, Broadstone, Dorset, the third house he built. He died here.

For a graphical timeline of Wallace's life CLICK HERE

For a timeline of his travels in the Malay Archipelago CLICK HERE, and for a graphical timeline  of his trip CLICK HERE


Beccaloni, G. W. 2008. Chapter 1. Homes sweet homes: A biographical tour of Wallace's many places of residence. pp. 7-43. In: Smith, C.H. & Beccaloni, G. [Eds]. Natural selection and beyond: the intellectual legacy of Alfred Russel Wallace. Oxford, U.K.: Oxford University Press, xxv + 482 pp.

Lester, A. 2014. Homing in: Alfred Russel Wallace’s homes in Britain (1852 to 1913). The Linnean, 30(2), 22-32.

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