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SACRED TO DICKENS-LOVERS: HOUSES WHERE HE BREATHED HIS FIRST AND LAST

SACRED TO DICKENS-LOVERS: HOUSES WHERE HE BREATHED HIS FIRST AND LAST

Near the inn called the Sir John Falstaff, which is about two miles out of Rochester on the Gravesend Road, is Gad's Hill Place (left). As a child Dickens had often seen it while out on walks with his father, who said, after the manner of parents, that the son might one day live in that house if he worked hard. Dickens made the prediction come true, moving to the house in 1857 and living there till his death in 1870. Compare it with the house (right), No. 393 Commercial Road, Portsmouth where he was born in 1812.

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