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Charles Dickens Kitchen

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Charles Dickens Kitchen

The Kitchen is located on the basement level, and this is where the servants prepared the family meals. The kitchen was managed by the mistress of the house, Catherine Dickens, as traders and merchants came in and out with food supplies. Victorian kitchens of the time were low-lit and filled with heat and smoke from the cooking fires.

In 1836, after a one-year engagement, Dickens married Catherine Thomson Hogarth (1816–1879). The family set up home in Bloomsbury in this house, on which Dickens had a three-year lease at £80 a year, from 1837 – 1839. This was a happy period for the Dickens couple with two of their children born in this house.

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Charles Dickens (1812 – 1870) was a famous and influential English writer and social critic. He created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed popularity during his lifetime, and by the 20th-century scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. Despite his lack of formal education, he wrote 15 novels, five novellas, hundreds of short stories and non-fiction articles. Dickens popularity was supported by lectures and performed readings, he was an untiring letter writer, and campaigned vigorously for children’s rights, education, and other social reforms.

Charles Dickens Kitchen

  • Title:                   Charles Dickens Kitchen
  • Location:           48 Doughty Street in Holborn, London
  • Quotes:              Charles Dickens Quotes
  • Museum:           Charles Dickens Museum

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“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Charles Dickens

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Photo Credit: JOM