The young actress Charles Dickens kept in a love nest

By Sue Blundell Charles Dickens is a Hero for many people, but for some time now it’s been difficult to picture him as a Saint.  As a married man with a large family, Dickens found time to enjoy a long-term clandestine relationship with a much younger woman, an actress called Ellen Ternan (aka Nelly Ternan). …

Charles Dickens’ many addresses in Fitzrovia

By Mike Pentelow Charles Dickens did many moonlight flits in Fitzrovia in order to dodge the creditors of his debt-ridden father, John, so has many local addresses associated with him. In later years Charles housed his secret young lover in the area, while also helping its child prostitutes. And he found the locality rich in …

Cambridge historian and Oxford publisher under scrutiny over claim made in Dickens book

A book about Charles Dickens’ life in Cleveland Street written by a Cambridge historian and published by Oxford University Press (OUP) in February has been criticised after it failed to acknowledge previously published works. In Dickens & the Workhouse Dr Ruth Richardson uncovers new material about Charles Dickens’ life in nineteenth-century London. She discovers that …

Let’s not forget what Dickens said about wealth and poverty

ChazD WOZ ERE 1829 By Leslie Carlyle It is a modern irony worthy of the man himself. A building which during his lifetime Charles Dickens would have happily seen ground to dust, was recently saved only through emphasising his connections with it. Called in to help the campaign to save the Covent Garden (later Strand …

Charles Dickens, Cleveland Street and the Workhouse

In Dickens & the Workhouse which has been published to coincide with the 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, eminent historian Ruth Richardson tells the story of how she came to discover that London's most famous author lived twice in the same house just yards from a poor law workhouse. In this lively …