Dickens’ Kent September 2012

This being the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens it seemed appropriate that the society’s annual outing was to the house that he always dreamed of owning and was his home for the last thirteen years of his life.

Gad’s Hill is not normally open to the public so we were fortunate in being able to arrange a guided tour of the house for our members.

Dickens’ study and the tunnel which linked the house with the chalet where he used to write were highlights of the tour.

On to Rochester with its many Dickens associations and finally to Cooling church, whose churchyard with its rows of rounded graves is said to be inspiration for the confrontation between Pip and Magwitch in ‘Great Expectations.’

All in all, a ‘Dickens of a day out.’