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7 February 2012

Find a Dickens memorial

Today marks 200 years since the author Charles Dickens was born, and whilst there are many commemorations around town, the road that was once Devonshire Terrace is one place which remembers Charles Dickens every day, regardless of anniversaries.

Today, the site is on the busy corner of Marylebone Road and Marylebone High Street, but Charles Dickens lived at 1 Devonshire Terrace in quieter times from 1839 to 1851, and it was here that he wrote six of his most famous novels - The Old Curiosity Shop, Barnaby Rudge, Martin Chuzzlewit, A Christmas Carol, Dombey and Son and David Copperfield.

As well as the image of Dickens himself, the memorial features various Dickensian characters, including Scrooge, Barnaby Rudge, Little Nell and Granddad, Dombey and daughter, Mrs. Gamp, David Copperfield, Mr. Micawber. It was erected in 1960, and apparently designed by Estcourt J Clack FRBS.

For more, see http://www.londonremembers.com/memorials/charles-dickens-relief

^Picture © Mskadu used under Creative Commons^


  1. I loved 'A Christmas Carol' :)

  2. I must admit I haven't seen this plaque before, I will keep my eye out for it.

  3. There should be no memorial to Charles Dickens. From the last will and testament of the man himself: "I conjure my friends on no account to make me the subject of any monument, memorial, or testimonial whatever. I rest my claims to the remembrance of my country upon my published works, and to the remembrance of my friends upon their experience of me in addition thereto."