Saturday, 6 March 2010

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times...

An appeal has been made to restore a chalet where Charles Dickens wrote some of his most famous works. The small wooden building was a present to the writer from French actor Charles Fechter, and arrived at Higham railway station in 1864, in 58 separate boxes. Although the building used to stand in the writer's home, Gads Hill Place, in now is located in the council gardens of Eastgate House, Rochester and is in desperate need of restoration. Accessed via a specially made tunnel under the main Rochester to London Road at Higham, Dickens wrote works such as , 'A Tale of Two Cities', 'Great Expectations' and partially finished 'The Mystery of Edwin Drood' at the chalet. The Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship hopes to raise £100,000 to complete the work by 2012, which will be 200 years since Dickens's birth.

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