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Charles Dickens, one of the most famous English writers, who created some of the world's most memorable fictional characters and is generally regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian period, lived in this house for 2 years.
He lived there with his family, having two of his children born in the house. It was just in 1839 because of his wealth increasing, that he moved for a bigger house. Today this is the only surviving London house where he lived in. During those two years Dickens was extremely productive, for here he completed The Pickwick Papers (1836), wrote the whole of Oliver Twist (1838) and Nicholas Nickleby (1838–39) and worked on Barnaby Rudge (1840–41).
In 1923, the building was threatened with demolition but saved by the Dickens Fellowship. Happy ending, they raised the mortgage and bought the property's freehold. The house was renovated and the Dickens House Museum was opened in 1925 and is still open today.
The house holds the world's most important collection of items relating to the life and work of Dickens. There you'll see paintings, rare editions, manuscripts, original furniture that are connected to him. With perhaps the best-known exhibit being the portrait of Dickens known as Dickens' Dream by R. W. Buss. This unfinished portrait shows Dickens in his study at Gads Hill Place surrounded by many of the characters he had created.