Charles Dickens and Rochester.


Rochester is a town and historic city in the Medway area of Kent, south east England. It is situated at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 30 miles (50 km) from London.

Rochester was for many years a favourite of the Victorian author Charles Dickens, having spent five years as a child growing up in neighbouring Chatham. He based many of his novels on the area and owned the house Gads Hill at Higham in the latter part of his life.



Bull Hotel.

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

Chatham Neighbouring town where Dickens lived from the age of 5-10.
Eastgate House

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

Minor Canon Row 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: The Guildhall.

Pip is sworn-in as apprentice blacksmith before the mighty Justices at The Guildhall in Rochester.

Satis House

Dickens used Satis House in Great Expectations as Miss Havisham's ruined estate.

Six Poor Travellers House.

The house and charity are immortalised in Dickens Christmas short story The Seven Poor Travellers.



Further Reading (external sites).



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