A few years ago we visited the cathedral town of Rochester in search of connections to Charles Dickens.
The great author spent some of his childhood and a lot of his adult life in places near Rochester, so it’s not surprising that different parts of the town appear in several of his novels. What is surprising though, is that the centre of Rochester has remained largely untouched into the 21st century, and you get a real sense of what Dickensian England was like when you wander its narrow streets.
Dickens set some of the opening scenes of his first novel, The Pickwick Papers, at the Bull Hotel on Rochester’s High Street. Dickens sometimes stayed in this old coaching inn which was built in the late 18th century.
Rochester is only 50km south east of London and is easily reached by train from London’s Victoria Station.