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Launched in 2003 at the Museum with the late Cedric Charles Dickens, great grandson, plus 50 Hazle collectors including a US Dickens Fellowship member who suggested creating this model. Dickens lived here from 1837-39 and finished serialising The Pickwick Papers, whose success had enabled him to move. He also published the full serials of Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.

 These rural escapades involve members of the Pickwick Club. Left is Samuel Pickwick with landlady Mrs Bardell who sues him for breach of promise to marry. He then pays her legal fees to stop her going to jail!

 Built circa 1795, 48 Doughty Street in WC1 was bought by the Dickens Fellowship in 1923 and saved from demolition. The atmospheric museum is Dickens’ only surviving London home.

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Dickens Museum
on London Dickens

Dickens was a fierce critic of social injustice. Both of these early novels brought about major reforms. 

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Charles Dickens 1812-1870
After some schooling in Kent, his father was sent to the Marshalsea Debtors’ Prison.So in 1824 Dickens worked at Warren’s boot-blacking factory. He had further education from 1825-7. In 1827 he was a law clerk, then a political sketch writer from 1834. In 1836 the Pickwick series began and he also married Catherine Hogarth who had 10 children before they separated in 1858.

 Dating from 1600 and known to Charles as Thomas’s Chop House, Cedric Dickens helped save the George & Vulture Inn at Castle Court, London. His own Pickwick Club met there.

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