Explore locations associated with the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations in our trail.
The convict Magwitch is transported to New South Wales, Australia where he becomes a wealthy sheep farmer.
|Cooling: Kent Marshes.|
The bleak marshes of the North Kent Coast near Cooling provided Charles Dickens with inspiration for the opening chapters of Great Expectations.
|Cooling: St. James' Church.|
The churchyard of St James' Church inspired Charles Dickens to set the opening chapter of Great Expectations, where the hero Pip meets Magwitch.
|Cooling: The Forge.|
Dickens is aid to have used the old forge in the village as a model for Joe Gargery's cottage in Great Expectations. The forge, at the junction of Lower Higham Road and Forge Lane, has now been converted into a house.
|Kent: River Thames.|
It is likely that the hulks, the prison ships, from which Magwitch and Compeyson escape, were moored in the River Thames here.
|London: Barnards Inn.|
In Great Expectations the character Pip lodges in Barnard's Inn following his arrival in London.
|London: Cross Keys, Cheapside.|
Former coaching inn near St. Pauls Cathedral, known to Dickens from his childhood and used in Great Expectations.
|London: Essex Street.|
When the convict Abel Magwitch returns to England, Pip finds lodgings for him in Essex Street, London under a false name.
|London: Gerrard Street, Soho.|
The lawyer Jaggers lives in a rather plain house in Gerrard Street in the Soho area of London.
|London: Little Britain.|
This London street, near Smithfield Market, is the location of the lawyer Jaggers’ office.
|London: Mill Pond Bank.|
Pip takes a boat here to collect Magwitch.
|London: Smithfield Market.|
Upon arriving in London, Pip visits Smithfield cattle market which he describes as a 'shameful place, being all asmear with filth and fat and blood and foam, seemed to stick to me.'
|London: Whitefriars Gate, Temple.|
Whilst retruning to his lodgings in The Temple area, Pip is handed a warning letter by the porter at Whitefriars Gate, telling him not to go home.
|Rochester: Bull Hotel.|
|Rochester: Restoration House.|
Dickens partly used Restoration House as a model for Miss Havisham's Satis House in Great Expectations.
|Rochester: Satis House.|
Dickens used Satis House in Great Expectations as Miss Havisham's ruined estate.
|Rochester: The Guildhall.|
Pip is sworn-in as apprentice blacksmith before the mighty Justices at The Guildhall in Rochester.