Charles Dickens and Dover.

Charles Dickens and Dover.2017-06-21T07:07:27+00:00

The English southern town of Dover has a strong association with the Victorian author Charles Dickens. Dickens is known have had extended stays there at least twice and he often visited the town when travelling to and from the Continent. Dover features in a number of his works.


The little narrow, crooked town of Dover hid itself away from the beach, and ran its head into the chalk cliffs, like a marine ostrich.

A Tale of Two Cities Book 1 Chapter 4.


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Apollonian Hall.

Charles Dickens gave a reading on 5 November 1861 at the Apollonian Hall, Snargate Street. The building was pulled down in the 1930s as part of a redevlopment of Commercial Quay.


In the novel A Tale of Two Cities, Mr Lorry goes for a stroll on the beach at Dover, which was a desert of heaps of sea and stones tumbling wildly about.

Camden Cresent.

Charles Dickens resided at 10 Camden Crescent over the Summer of 1852.


Dickens is known to have walked from Dover to Folkestone and back a number of times when he stayed at Dover.

Lord Warden Hotel.

In November 1861, Dickens stayed at the Lord Warden Hotel during a reading tour.

Market Square.

In the north-eastern corner of Market Square in Dover is the site of the bakers, Igglesden and Graves, whose shop is mentioned in the novel David Copperfield.


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