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Charles Dickens

Who was he?

Wikipedia:   Charles John Huffam Dickens (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870), pen-name "Boz," was the most popular English novelist of the Victorian era, and one of the most popular of all time, responsible for some of English literature's most iconic characters. Among his best-known works are Great Expectations, David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, A Tale of Two Cities, Bleak House, Nicholas Nickleby, The Pickwick Papers, and A Christmas Carol.

Why was he in Bath?

He often visited his close friend Walter Savage Landor  at his house at 35, St. James's Square. According to Swift and Elliott (2012), the plaque is "something of a red herring, for, as far as we know, [Dickens] never so much as spent the night there", returning after taking dinner to the York House Hotel on George Street, where he invariably stayed on his visits to Bath. The city gave Dickens inspiration for many of his characters - Mr Pickwick was almost certainly based on Moses Pickwick, landlord of the White Hart inn.
Location of plaque at 35, St. James’s Square

Charles Dickens plaque

The text reads

"Here dwelt Charles Dickens 1840"

Location map of 35, St. James’s Square:
Charles Dickens location map



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