• LOCATION 22 | Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street

    Lady Ottoline Pub

    Stop here and look to your right. On this corner is the Lady Ottoline pub. It is named after a famous Society hostess named Lady Ottoline Morrell. She was not a contemporary of Charles Dickens, in fact she was not born until 1873, which was three years after his death. But she was part of another very famous group of people to live around here. She was friends with the artists, writers and thinkers who became known as The Bloomsbury Group, in the early 1900s.

    Now continue walking down the road.

    Charles Dickens moved into Doughty Street in March of 1837. He must have felt as though he had finally left behind him the spectre of his impoverished childhood. The fact that he was making enough money to enable his family to live on such a genteel street, proved that he had come a long way from his time labouring in a factory. Although, today, it is well known that Dickens was a child labourer, and the son of an imprisoned debtor, it was not common knowledge in his lifetime. In the year that the Dickens family moved to this street, Queen Victoria was a very young and new queen. The Victorian Age was a time of great achievement and discovery, but it was also an extremely harsh society. Dickens confided in only a few people the truth about his childhood. We know that he told his wife Catherine and his great friend John Forster, but most other people only found out after his death.

    Keep walking straight.

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Charles Dickens from Furnival's Inn to Doughty Street