Episode 40: Charles Dickens in Greenwich
Victorian author Charles Dickens writes about Greenwich in a number of places, including magazines, such as The Uncommercial Traveller and Household Words and also in some of his novels such as Bleak House and Our Mutual friend.
Sometimes it's the smallest of small mentions, such as in David Copperfield, to full descriptions of the fun of Greenwich Fair in Sketches by Boz.
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If you like Charles Dickens, then you will enjoy our Charles Dickens virtual tour. This is a recording of a live virtual tour I did for the paying public and you're able to pay and play and watch it in your own time. And it looks at Charles Dickens and his works and his 48 year old relationship with London. And you can get that on our website, londonguidedwalks.co.uk and click on virtual tours.
So let's get home with today's theme, which is Charles Dickens in Greenwich. I've tried to include as many quotes from Charles Dickens as possible and to help with the flow of it all I have been assisted by London tour guide Ian McDiarmid who will be the voice of Charles Dickens.
The Victorian author Charles Dickens writes about Greenwich in a number of places, including magazines, such as The Uncommercial Traveller and Household Words and then also in some of his novels such as Bleak House and Our Mutual friend. Sometimes it's a small mention, the smallest of small such as in David Copperfield, where our hero "gave up the pursuit of the young man with the donkey-cart and started for Greenwich; from full-scape description of the fun of Greenwich Fair in Sketches by Boz and the goings on in our mutual friend.
Greenwich and Greenwich Park became one of London's popular areas for leisure in the early 19th century. As the century progressed, Greenwich park increased in popularity. This was in part due to the improved transport links; the new Greenwich Pier was built in 1836 and it welcomed day trippers coming via the Thames.
We know that Dickens went to Greenwich several times when he was young, because he tells us.
In his short story, Greenwich Fair, Dickens shares a scene with us.
Facing the river Thames where the tea clipper the Cutty Sark once stood a Tavern called The Ship, aptly named given the nautical connections of Greenwich. The ship had undergone four incarnations since the 16th century, it was famous for its ministerial whitebait dinners which marked the end of a parliament session.
Another lost Greenwich location mentioned by Dickens is the Dreadnought hospital. We know Dickens visited the Dreadnought hospital when he was a reporter in his early career.
In Dickens's novel Dombey and Son, which follows the fortunes of a shipping firm owner, Dickens describes Captain Bunsby as having had more accidents happen to his own self than the Seamen's hospital to all hands.
I hope you've enjoyed this week's episode and got to know Charles Dickens, his works in Greenwich a little bit more. You can learn more about Charles Dickens and Greenwich in the show notes where I'll link to other blog posts. But we also do a Greenwich walk, both a public tour when COVID is a far distant memory and also a private tour, which you can book us.
And you can check all of that out in the show notes as well. LondonGuidedwalks.co.uk/podcast and then click on episode 40. And if you haven't done so already, we've got lots of lovely episodes for you to listen to.
That's all for now. I'll see you next week.
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