1824 was a tumultuous year for the young Charles Dickens. It was the year his father was committed to the Marshalsea Debtors Prison, and the year he was forced to help support his family by working at a blacking factory. According to the experts at the Victorian Web website, when the rest of the Dickens family moved into the Marshalsea, Dickens was left on his own at a boarding house in Camden Town. Later he moved to another boarding house in Lant Street in Southwark and much closer to the prison.
When Dickens senior was discharged from prison the family took up residence at a house in what now is Cranleigh Street in Somers Town which is just south of Camden Town. They remained at this address for some years before moving to another part of Somers Town. The Somers Town neighbourhood later became the setting for the Micawber family home in “David Copperfield”.