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His early years seem to have been an idyllic time, although he thought himself then a "very small and not-over-particularly-taken-care-of boy".
Furnival's Inn had other famous people as guests:
Sir Thomas More was Reader at the Inn from 1504 to 1507.
A shop named 'The Old Curiosity Shop' can be found at 13-14 Portsmouth Street.
Charles Dickens become a freelance reporter, and reported from the Doctors' Commons about crime cases. A distant relative, Thomas Charlton, was a freelance reporter at Doctors' Commons, and Dickens was able to share his box there in order to report the legal proceedings.
This period informed works such as Nicholas Nickleby, Dombey and Son, and especially Bleak House
Dickens was visited at Gads Hill Place in 1857 by Danish author and poet Hans Christian Andersen. Other guests included Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Charles Allston Collins, Wilkie Collins, Marcus Stone, H.F. Chorley Percy Fitzgerald, John Leech, Alexander William Kinglake, William Powell Frith and Charles Fechter.
The house became Dickens's country home until his death in 1870, when he died from a stroke on a couch in the dining room.
Moderate wealth provided the boy Dickens with some private education at William Giles's School, in Chatham.
The prison of Marshalsea provided the setting of one of Charles Dickens works, Little Dorrit, and is where the title character's father is imprisoned.
His Birthplace was No. 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport (now 393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth).