Charles Dickens' descendants open new Higham school building on site of former home (From News Shopper)
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Charles Dickens' descendants open new Higham school building on site of former home
AN INDEPENDENT school in Higham welcomed Charles Dickens' great-great-granddaughter and her famous actor son to open its new building.
The grounds of Gad’s Hill Independent School include Gad’s Hill Place - the house where Dickens lived from 1856 until his death 14 years later in what is now the school dining room.
The world famous author penned classic novels such as Great Expectations and A Tale of Two Cities in the house, which he bought at the age of 44.
Once renovations are complete, the Grade I listed Georgian property will be open to the public for the first time since its former owner's death in 1870.
The John Melville Building was officially opened on September 4 by Marion Dickens, who is trustee of the charity set to take over Gad’s Hill Place, and her son Harry Lloyd, star of Game of Thrones, the BBC’s adaptation of Great Expectations and Doctor Who.
Ms Dickens said: “Since the house was turned into a school, public access to it has been very limited.
"Now, for the first time, people who love the books will be able to visit his home.”
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