Monday, September 9, 2013

Charles Dickens' Home To Open To The Public



The former Kent home of Charles Dickens will be opened to the public for the first time since his death in 1870, it has been announced.


Gad's Hill Place in Higham has been used as a school since the 1920s but pupils are moving into new buildings.

Dickens penned classic novels such as Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities during his time in the Grade I listed Georgian property.

The Portsmouth-born author's great great granddaughter, Marion Dickens, said she hoped that by turning Dickens' house into a visitor attraction "people that love his books will be able to walk in through his door [and] feel that same magic that actually I always feel."

She said Gad's Hill was "where he wrote, where he lived, where he threw wonderful parties, [and] where his children were brought up".

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