Charles Dickens, who we last met at Broadstairs (see 26 June post) spent several years of his youth here, living first in Ordnance Terrace opposite the station (although the house was surrounded by fields in those days), then in the smaller House on the Brook, St Mary’s Place, his parents being forced to move due to financial constraints. Chatham can hardly be accused of ignoring its association with the writer, since there is an attraction called Dickens World aimed fairly and squarely at families, where the kids can relive the life and times of Dickens in areas such as Peggotty’s Boathouse (“visit our 4D Magic Lantern Show”), Haunted House (“view the ghosts of Charles Dickens’ novels”) or Crime and Punishment (“walk through the damp corridors of Marshalsea Prison”).
For a list of events in the area see here.
Map of the area.
Photo by Medwayl, via Wikimedia Commons