Dickens and London
     Dickens Walks: Holborn

Mr Tulkinghorn's house in Bleak House
Susan Gane (2001)

     Starting near the Dickens House Museum in Doughty Street, the only one of Dickens' homes still standing today, this walk explores the hidden medieval alleys, courtyards, and gardens off Holborn, one of London's ancient roads.  In Dickens' day the area was very mixed.  There were streets of smart new Georgian houses  for the prosperous middle class, like Charles and Catherine Dickens, and courts like Bleeding Heart Yard, containing factories and overcrowded housing for respectable, if struggling, working class families.  But there were also appalling slums, home to men like Fagin who belonged  to London's criminal under class.  

Dickens wrote Oliver Twist when he was living in Doughty Street and returned to the area in Little Dorrit and Bleak House; the walk covers scenes from all three novels.  We will also see the elegant buildings and lovely gardens of some of the Inns of Court, home to lawyers for many centuries, and some of London's oldest half timbered houses.   

Walks start at Chancery Lane underground station last for one and half to two hours and are led by Susan Gane They cost 7 per person, 6 concessions, with accompanied children under twelve free of charge. They should be arranged in advance; the minimum group size is five people, not counting accompanied children under twelve.  Contact Susan by email here using the title Dickens London Walk.