John Forster’s House

John Forster’s House 2017-03-09T14:16:30+00:00


Close to the Inn of Court at Lincoln Inn is the home of one of Charles Dickens‘ closest friends, John Forster.


Charles Dickens and John Forster’s House.

Charles Dickens used John Forster‘s house as the model for Bleak House and the home of Mr Tulkinghorn.

On 2 December 1844Charles Dickens gave a private reading of The Chimes here, in the front upstairs room. Dickens, who had travelled especially from Italy for the occasion, was showcasing his latest Christmas story in front of a few close friends that included Forster, Thomas Carlyle and Daniel Maclise.



The house is at 58 Lincoln Inn Fields. It is a private residence and not open to the public.


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