Building    To 1958

1 Devonshire Terrace

Categories: Property

Charles Dickens lived here with his family, 1839-51. They had moved here from 48 Doughty Street. The ninth child Dora, was born here and died here in 1851 aged just 8 months. Her mother Catherine was recuperating away from home so Charles had to write to her. But rather than announce the death he wrote " ... I think her "very" ill. There is nothing in her appearance but perfect rest. You would suppose her quietly asleep. ..." Wikipedia has the full letter - it is very touching.

Both parents were very affected by the death and we've read that it was this that meant, when the lease ran out at at Devonshire Terrace, they were keen to move elsewhere. Tavistock House was their next home.

A drawing of the house at the Victorian Web looks as if it has a plaque.

This 1893 map shows the house on the west side of Marylebone High Street, half-way between Marylebone Road and Marylebone Gardens, apparently with a large garden stretching to Marylebone Road.

Demolished late 1950s.

This section lists the memorials where the subject on this page is commemorated:
1 Devonshire Terrace

Commemorated ati

Charles Dickens relief

The characters represented in the mural are, left to right, top line: Scrooge...

Read More

Other Subjects

Pageants Wharf fire station

Pageants Wharf fire station

In its time, it was one of the busiest fire stations in London. Fires frequently broke out in the nearby wharves, and during the Blitz, the station attended many fires following bomb attacks. It ha...

Building, Emergency Services, Property

1 memorial
Rotherhithe Old Town Hall

Rotherhithe Old Town Hall

 Built in 1895 by the architects Murray and Foster.  The caryatides can be seen in the image either side of the entrance at the right. In 1905 Rotherhithe merged with Bermondsey and St Olave and t...

Building, Politics & Administration, Property

2 memorials
St Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane

St Dunstan's House, Fetter Lane

The current St Dunstan's House, an office block, is the nearest building on Fetter Lane.  Its predecessor, from which the decorative panels were rescued, stood there from 1886 until its demolition ...

Building, Property

1 memorial
The Elms

The Elms

The oldest building in Acton. Built as a baroque country villa by Charles Morren for Sir Joseph Ayloffe. It remained a private house until 1964. In 1981, the Twyford Church of England High School w...

Building, Property

1 memorial
Charles Square

Charles Square

This Square was laid out at the same time as Hoxton Square and in 1922 Charles Square still contained at least some houses from about 1685 - 1745.   Only no. 16 remains.  Shown in the picture, it w...

Place, Property

1 memorial