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Eldon House

Eldon House

Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted June, 2005

Eldon House

Photo by contributor Wayne Adam - Posted September, 2011

Plaque Location

The County of Middlesex
The City of London
On the west side of Ridout Street North south of Dufferin Street

Coordinates: N 42 59.073 W 81 15.307


Plaque Text

Built in 1834 by Capt. John Harris, R.N., treasurer of the London District, this is London's oldest remaining house. With his wife Amelia, daughter of Samuel Ryerse, Harris came to London after the District offices were moved here from Vittoria. For many years Eldon's house was a centre of London's cultural and social life, and four generations of the Harris family dwelt in it during more than a 125 years. In 1960 the family gave the house with most of its furnishings and 4.5 ha of land, to the City of London for a museum and park.

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Lieutenant-Colonel Samuel Ryerse 1752-1812
The District Capital 1815-1825 (Vittoria)



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> Posted March 30, 2010
All I know is that Eldon was a man that The Harris' greatly admired and so they named the house after him. I don't know much about him just he must be a very respected man because I know that he never did come to the Eldon House (probably too busy) and it seems to me that the Harris' quite liked him.

> Posted February 15, 2010
We were told that Harris named his house in honour of Lord Eldon, a British Lord Chancellor whom he admired. Lots of information about this man, and you could even contact the staff at Eldon House to confirm the origins of the name.

> Posted January 17, 2010
Who was Eldon?

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