As a boy Charles Dickens worked here, 1824 - 1825.
This was the site of the blacking factory where Dickens worked, aged 12 or 13, when his father was put in the Marshalsea prison for debt. An extremely unhappy period of his life which marked him, and inspired him.
Site: Charles Dickens - blacking factory (1 memorial)
WC2, Chandos Place, 6
When Dickens started work at the blacking factory it was located at Hungerford Stairs (which no longer exist) at the river. During his employment some of the activities were moved to what is now Chandos Place and Dickens continued his work here.