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A visit to the home of Charles Dickens

Updated: Dec 22, 2020

Our research during the creation of “A Bloody Dickens Christmas” took us to England to visit Charles Dickens nineteenth-century home in London at 48 Doughty St. It was here that he lived and completed three of his novels. The Pickwick Papers (1836), Oliver Twist (1838) and Nicholas Nickleby(1839).

Charles Dickens writing desk. I had to touch it…I just had to.

The author often invited leading artists, actors, writers and publishers of the time for elaborate dinner parties.

1824 - John Dickens (Charles father) was arrested and imprisoned for debt and 12 year old Charles was sent to work at Warren's Blacking Warehouse to help pay it off. Bars from the Marshalsea prison where Dickens's father was imprisoned.

Small courtyard connected to Charles Dickens Home. We spent a few minutes here enjoying cold iced teas and sharing a slice of Caramel Apple Pecan Cake.

We discovered the Dickens Tavern at 25 London St…how cool is that?

What could be more fun than to host a Victorian Murder Mystery Dinner, one that combines some of Charles Dickens best loved characters; a vile hideous Fagin from “Oliver twist”, Ebenezer Scrooge, a cold-hearted miser from “A Christmas Carol” and, of course Miss Havisham, one of Dickens most memorable female characters; a demented mad woman from the novel Great Expectations.

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