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TOUR OF THE MONTH

Carry On in London Tour
Carry On in London Tour

ON THIS DAY IN LONDON

10th December 1890 Born today: George Merritt, London England, actor (I Monster, Q Planes)

10th December 1688 King James II flees London

10th December 1541 Sir Thomas Culpeper, courtier of Henry VIII and lover his fifth queen, Catherine Howard, beheaded at Tyburn.

Dickens 1st Love lived here



Dickens 1st Love lived here

This was the home of Charles Dicken's first love, Maria Beadnell

Location: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA

Description: It was here that Maria Beadnell (1811-86) lived with her family. She was Charles Dickens' first live, and he was smitten with her for four years to the point where it's rumoured she had agreed to a clandestine engagement.

Her family sent her away to finishing school in France to get her away from him, and she returned a lot less keen on Dickens. Mr. Beadnell was a banker. He felt that Charles was too young and lacking in prospects to be considered a serious suitor.

He continued to pine for her and even stalked her for a while after the relationship was finished.

It's thought that the youthful Maria later inspired the character of Dora in David Copperfield.

Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London

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Dickens 1st Love lived here

This was the home of Charles Dicken's first love, Maria Beadnell


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