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Charles Dickens Washhouse

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Charles Dickens Washhouse

The washroom was used by the maids to wash and iron clothes for the household. This is a typical Victorian-era washhouse. Dickens’s portrayal of servants was more sympathetic than most of his peers, and his views endeared him to the domestic staff around England at the time.

In 1836, after a one-year engagement, Dickens married Catherine Thomson Hogarth (1816–1879), the daughter of George Hogarth, editor of the Evening Chronicle. 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.

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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 Washhouse

  • Title:                  Charles Dickens Washhouse
  • 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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