Charles Dickens and Portsmouth.

Charles Dickens and Portsmouth.2018-04-21T05:27:26+00:00


Following their marriage in 1809, John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow set up home at Landport on the then outskirts of Portsmouth after John was posted to a position as a clerk in the pay office of the nearby naval base.

John and Elizbeth lived in the Portsmouth area for nearly six years and had three children, Frances (Fanny) Dickens, Charles Dickens and Alfred Dickens whilst there. They initially moved to a property at 13 Mile End Terrace (later renamed as 393 Old Commercial Road). The house still stands and is the site of the Charles Dickens birthplace museum.

Following the end of the Napoleonic wars personnel at Portsmouth were reduced and John Dickens was transferred back to work at Somerset House, London in January 1815.



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Birthplace of Charles Dickens.
Eastman's Royal Naval Academy, Southsea.

Charles Dickens's seventh child, Sydney, was sent here at the age of 13 to train for a career in the navy.

Highland Road Cemetery

Maria Beadnell, first love of Charles Dickens, is buried at Highland Road Cemetery, Southsea.

London Road.

In Nicholas Nickleby, Nicholas and Smike run away to Portsmouth to become sailor.

Portsmouth Dockyard.

John Dickens worked here as a clerk in the Pay Office.

St. Georges's Hall.

Charles Dickens gave readings at St. George's Hall in Portsea in 1858 and 1866.

St. Marys Church.

Charles Dickens was christened here in March 1812.

Statue of Charles Dickens.

A larger than life statue of Charles Dickens was unveiled in Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, in 2014.



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