Malton is a small market town in North Yorkshire, England which the Victorian writer Charles Dickens visted regularly to see his friend, the lawyer Charles Smithson.
|Abbey House, Old Malton|
Charles Smithson moved here in 1843 but died the following year, at the age of 39.
The Smithsons had their solicitors' offices in Chancery Lane. Dickens told the Smithson family that he used the offices as the basis for Scrooge's counting house in A Christmas Carol.
|St Leonard's Church|
The bells heard by Scrooge in A Christmas Carol were based on those of St Leonard's Chruch, close to the offices of Smithsons.