On the 7th February the UK’s first statue of world famous author Charles Dickens, on what would have been his 202nd birthday, will be unveiled in his birthplace of Portsmouth we thought we would share a few “what the Dickens” facts….
- Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812 and spent the first three years of his life in the city before moving to London and then Kent
- Number 1 Mile End Terrace, where he was born, has been a dedicated Dickens museum since 1904.
- Actress Gillian Anderson, who played Miss Havisham in a BBC adaptation of Great Expectations, is a patron of the statue fund and said she was “surprised” Portsmouth did not already have a statue of Dickens.
- A ceremony will take place from 12pm, in Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square with the unveiling of the statue at 12.30pm.
- The bronze statue designed by artist Martin Jennings features Dickens sitting down, surrounded by books and will be located to the left-hand side of the Guildhall steps.
Why not pop in to the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum in Old Commercial Road, Portsmouth, reopening this March. The celebrated author was born in this terrace, then known as 1 Mile End Terrace, Landport, on 7th February 1812 to John and Elizabeth Dickens. John, a clerk in the Navy Pay Office, would have had an easy walk through to the Dockyard. The house is furnished in a recreated Regency style as the Dickens family would have known it. Although a sought after property by 21st century standards, this would have been both a very poor location and cheap lodgings in Dicken’s day.
Contributor & Photography: Sue Lowry
Magellan PR is on twitter: @MagellanPR / on Facebook: MagellanPR / on Pinterest: Sue Lowry / on Google+: Sue Lowry & MagellanPR and on Flickr: Sue Lowry. For more information on our company, visit www.magellan-pr.com. Follow our other blog focussing on travel in the South of England – A3 Traveller.