From the eastern end of Rochester’s High Street it is a pleasant stroll along the Medway River to nearby Chatham. Charles Dickens lived with his family in Chatham from 1817 to 1822. When the family moved there, Charles Dickens was five years old.
Dickens went to school in Chatham and for this six year period had a relatively happy childhood. This happy life ended when the family moved to London in 1822, and worsened in 1824 when Dickens’ father was sent to a debtors prison and Dickens himself was sent to work in a factory.