Yorkshire lawyer Charles Smithson (1804-1844) was a great friend of Charles Dickens.
Charles Dickens met Charles Smithson when he was working for a firm of solicitors in London. The two men got on very well and became lifelong friends.
After Smithson had trained and qualified as a lawyer in London, he returned home to Yorkshire, living in and around the small town of Malton. Dickens became a regular visitor to the Smithsons home, staying with Charles Smithson and his wife, Elizabeth.