22 January 2019

HitM | In Rochester

Two more interesting houses for the Houses in the Mail project, sent by Laura (the UK).

Eastgate House is an Elizabethan townhouse in Rochester, Kent, England. It is notable for its association with author Charles Dickens, featuring as Westgate in The Pickwick Papers and as the Nun's House in The Mystery of Edwin Drood. Now a Dickens Museum (not really... See Lata's comment!), the grounds of Eastgate House contain the Swiss chalet in which Dickens penned several of his novels.

It seems that a tunnel was built between the main house and the writing chalet... so the author avoided to get his shoes dirty when he passed from one place to another (?!).


  1. It is not technically a Dickens museum, although part of the exhibits are devoted to his last, unfinished novel. The chalet is indeed in the gardens, which are open to the public, but you cannot go into the little chalet until there are enough funds to restore it.

  2. Interesting place. Rough life, worrying about stepping outside :)


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