Chalet and Alley by wordpixman

Chalet and Alley

Still living on memories, here's a bit of history from my life in Kent


It was in this Swiss-style chalet that Charles Dickens (7 February 1812 - 9 June 1870), widely regarded as Britain’s favourite Victorian author, wrote his last words -- part of the unfinished novel The Mystery of Edwin Drood. The chalet then stood in the garden of his home at Gads Hill, near Rochester, Kent, but has since been moved into the town, where local inns and personalities of the day provided inspiration for locations and characters in several of his novels, including Pickwick Papers and Great Expectations. Some of these names are in use today, adopted by local shops and organisations and are also recorded in plaques throughout the town. A lavish Dickens festival and a Dickensian Christmas Fair are held on the street and in the castle grounds every year.

The silhouette in the background is of a narrow alleyway connecting the town with the castle and cathedral, where one can sense the history of this charming little town beside the River Medway, which I never tired of visiting when I lived for many years on the London/Kent border.

More pictures on my website: http://www.wordpixman.co.uk/kent.html
Love the shot on the right. Thanks for the history!
April 10th, 2015  
This is lovely, Arthur - the words and the images.
April 10th, 2015  
I specially like the shot on the right. Interesting info re Dickens who, of course, also has history near us in Portsmouth.
April 10th, 2015  
love the pic on the right - fav
April 10th, 2015  
Charles Dickens has been good to Rochester then.....lovely photos &I like the way you have presented them. I like the one on the right best too.
April 10th, 2015  
Such wonderful stories and shots to accompany them.
April 10th, 2015  
Awesome collage and a great story, Arthur.
April 10th, 2015  
Great narrative Arthur, thank you for the history. I love how you have edited these two shots onto a black background, very effective.
April 10th, 2015  
Another interesting story and wonderful photos. I especially like the narrow vertical one in the alley. Sorry you are still down, but your travels in memory lane have been delightful.
April 10th, 2015  
great story as well as the photo
April 10th, 2015  
Interesting captures and info
April 10th, 2015  
Love your bits of history and accompanying photos,
April 10th, 2015  
Great shots and interesting facts it would be a great place to visit with its history and annual celebrations.
April 10th, 2015  
Great editing Arthur.
April 10th, 2015  
Superb editing.
April 10th, 2015  
Good to read the history and love the alleyway shot. The chalet looks as though it belongs in the country,not the town
April 10th, 2015  
fav Arthur beautiful collage
April 10th, 2015  
Wonderful fav
April 10th, 2015  
Never been to the Dickensian festival in the summer, but have enjoyed the Christmas Fare and the photo opportunities a few times.
April 10th, 2015  
Pam
Such wonderful images! Great story!
April 11th, 2015  
Thank you all. The story continues on tomorrow's (Saturday's) page.
April 11th, 2015  
Lovely story. I was born in Portsmouth and am ashamed to say I've never visited Dicken's birthplace.
April 11th, 2015  
@chimfa ... Thank you Jane. Yes, he got around a bit didn't he? Born in Portsmouth, childhood in London (working in a blacking factory at the age of 12), then moving to Chatham, Kent, before finally settling just outside Rochester, in the comparatively short (by today's standards) lifetime of 58 years.
April 11th, 2015  
Very good photo
April 15th, 2015  
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