Portsmouth plaque will remember Dickens’ stay

REMEMBERED Charles Dickens

REMEMBERED Charles Dickens

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A RELATIVE of Charles Dickens has unveiled a plaque which will mark the place where the Victorian novelist spent his last night in Portsmouth.

Charles Dickens’ great, great grandson Mark Dickens was joined by the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth Councillor Frank Jonas and other city leaders at the event at the University of Portsmouth.

The plaque will be hung on Rees Hall, a University of Portsmouth halls of residence in Southsea Terrace, Southsea. Charles Dickens stayed at the site when it was a hotel 146 years ago.

That night at the hotel the novelist carried out a public reading of his works as part of a national tour. Mark Dickens said: ‘He was the world’s first superstar and I only wish I could have been there to hear him, or that there had been recordings made so we could hear him now. It is difficult to fully understand the impact his writing had. His writing was so powerful it changed people’s lives, it opened the eyes of the ruling classes to the plight of ordinary men and women.’

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