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In fact, for years, I had mistaken a somewhat palatial house in Beaufort St for Carlyle’s House. I have no idea why I ran away with this idea, particularly since Cheyne Row is as closely associated with Carlyle and his set as Bloomsbury is with Virginia Woolf and hers. When I finally decided to confirm this, I set out for Chelsea and realised that the famous house at 24 Cheyne Row (which, by the way, Woolf herself visited and wrote about) is a narrow terrace house with unremarkable window-panes.