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Charles Dickens

Person   Born 7/2/1812 Died 9/6/1870

Born No. 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, Portsmouth (where there is a museum). For a map showing many of his London addresses see Londonist.  His family  were so peripatetic that he had lived in at least 17 places by the time he was 22 and moved out.

Dickens wanted to be buried in Rochester Cathedral but instead we find him in  Poets' Corner, Westminster Abbey, with the inscription: 'He was a sympathiser to the poor, the suffering, and the oppressed; and by his death, one of England's greatest writers is lost to the world.'  His will specified: 'I conjure to my friends on no account to make me the subject of any monument, memorial or testimonial whatsoever.'  Despite this stipulation there is a statue in Sydney and a life-size 1891 bronze by Francis Edwin Elwell in Philadelphia and, in 2014 (late for the 2012 celebrations) a statue by Martin Jennings was unveiled in Portsmouth.  Digital Journal in 2011 has more to say about Dickens statues. And what would Dickens have said about all the plaques?  But the Portsmouth statue-erectors argue that Dickens' ban on memorials was "just him talking about funeral arrangements" and they point out that he sat for several sculptors.

Lots to read by Dickens and about Dickens but we'd recommend one academic detective novel, about the research that led to the listing, and saving, of the Cleveland Street Workhouse, the one that almost certainly inspired Dickens to write 'Oliver Twist'. Dickens and the Workhouse by Ruth Richardson.

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Charles Dickens

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7 - Wine Office Court – Dickens

Mr Lirriper's Lodgings The Extra Christmas Number All the Year Round Charles ...

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Charles Dickens - blacking factory

This was the site of the blacking factory where Dickens worked, aged 12 or 13...

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Charles Dickens home - WC1

1851 - 60, Charles Dickens, novelist, lived in Tavistock House near this site.

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Charles Dickens in Highgate

Charles Dickens, 1812 - 1870, author, stayed here in 1832.

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Charles Dickens inside the BMA

Dickens' home, Tavistock House, was demolished around 1900. See also the Char...

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Marcus Grantham Fountain

{On a plaque fixed to the rim of the fountain:} In October 1976 this fountai...

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Marshalsea 1 - stone - round

Quoted from Chapter 3 of Little Dorrit.

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Marshalsea 4 - stone - spiral

Quoted from Charles Dickens' preface to Little Dorrit.

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Sculptured stone bench

Portland stone, 6 tonnes. CWO has more information about this bench.

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St Olave's Church

'The Uncommerical Traveller' was the name of articles that Dickens wrote for ...

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