Dover – Dickens 3

The novel, “A Tale of Two Cities”, begins with a mail coach journey to Dover. Dickens had first-hand experience of this incredibly uncomfortable way to travel from London on his first visit to France in 1837. The Priory Hotel at Dover Priory Station, still has a stagecoach depicted on its pub sign.

By 1851, trains connected London to Dover and Boulogne to Paris and Dickens made this more pleasant rail journey many times.

dover-priory-hotel-sign

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