Charles Dickens and Kent.

 

The Victorian author Charles Dickens lived in Kent as a child from the ages of 5 to 10, and also at the end of his life when he brought a house there he dreamed of as a child. Here are the locations in the county of Kent we have found connected to Dickens.

 

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Broadstairs.

Seaside resort first visited by Dickens in 1837. The town has the Charles Dickens House museum and an annual Dickens festival.

Bull Hotel, Rochester.

Dickens stayed here many times and the inn was used in both the Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations.

Chalk.

Charles and Catherine honeymooned here.

Chatham.

Charles Dickens moved to this dockyard town, at the age of 5 and began his formal education in Chatham.

Cooling, Kent.

The bleak marshes of the North Kent Coast here provided Charles Dickens with inspiration for the opening chapters of Great Expectations.

Dover.

The southern Kent town of Dover has a strong association with Charles Dickens, who is known have had a number of stays there and featured the town in a number of his works.

Eastgate House, Rochester.

Featured in the Dickens novels The Pickwick Papers and Edwin Drood.

Folkestone.

Charles Dickens would walk to this port town alongside the English Channel when he stayed in nearby Dover.

Gads Hill.

Dickens lived at Gads Hill in the last decade of his life.

Minor Canon Row, Rochester.

In the novel Edmund Drood, Reverend Septimus Crisparkle lives in this picturesque row.

Restoration House, Rochester.

Dickens partly used Restoration House as a model for Miss Havisham's Satis House in Great Expectations.

Rochester.

Featured a number of location used by Dickens in his works.

Six Poor Travellers House The house and charity are immortalised in Dickens Christmas short story The Seven Poor Travellers.
St. James' Church, Cooling The churchyard of St James' Church inspired Charles Dickens to set the opening chapter of Great Expectations, where the hero Pip meets Magwitch.
Staplehurst Rail Crash Charles Dickens and his mistress Ellen Ternan were involved in a train crash here in 1865.
The Leather Bottle, Cobham.

Pub frequented by Charles Dickens and featured in The Pickwick Papers.

 

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