Discover Charles Dickens’ Medway


Discover how Medway inspired novelist Charles Dickens, who lived in Chatham as a child when his father was transferred to Chatham Dockyard in 1812.

Discover more about the life and works of the author at the Guildhall Museum where Dickens’ related objects are on display, and short film is shown continuously throughout the day. Not far from the museum is Eastgate House, a 16th to 17th century town house and one of the most distinctive buildings in Rochester’s historic High Street that featured in two of Dickens novels.  In the grounds of Eastgate House is the Swiss Chalet that was used by Dickens’ at his last home Gad’s Hill Place right up until is death in 1870.

Other historic buildings in Rochester include Restoration House, the home of Miss Havisham and Estella in Great Expectations; The Six Poor Travellers House used by the author in one of his short stories, and Rochester Cathedral - the setting of his last unfinished novel ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood’.

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