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Old Books - Kent
Essentials for Local Historians, Genealogists & Family Historians


In Kent With Charles Dickens

AUTHOR: Thomas Frost
FIRST PUB.: 1880

CD-ROM £10.00


161 page book supplied as a PDF document on CD-ROM.


CHAPTER I Meeting of three friends in Symond's Inn — Dickens pilgrimage resolved upon — Down the river — Through the fields to Cobham — Halt at The Leather Bottle — Return to Gravesend — Farther down the river — The Ship and Lobster — Through the marshes — Chalk Church — One of Dickens's favourite walks.

CHAPTER II. Gad's Hill — Traditions of the spot, Shakespearian and other — Gad's Hill Place — Cooling, and its Dickensian associations — Successors of Falstaff and Bardolph — Nixon's ride — Tramps and vagrants — View from Frindsbury Hill — Originally contemplated scene of Bleak House.

CHAPTER III. Rochester Bridge — Dickens's description of the city —Ruins of the castle — Cathedral sketches in Edwin Brood — Interior of the cathedral — Watts's monument — Tablet in memory of Dickens — Gandulph's Tower — Legend of a buried treasure and a phantom hand — Old gatehouse of the Close — Minor Canon Corner — The Nuns, House — The Poor Travellers' House.

CHAPTER IV. Pickwickian description of Chatham — Shop where David Copperfield sold his jacket — Localities associated with Dickens's childhood — Chatham originals of Dickensian characters — Opening scene of the legend of Sir Robert Shurland and his horse — The knight's monument in Minster Church.

CHAPTER V. A legend of Gundulph's Tower — The old house at the foot of Rochester Bridge — The miser's tenants in Five Bells Lane — The bowyer's son and the miser's daughter — The hostler at The Golden Cross — Trespassers in the cathedral — The Phantom Hand — What the bells of St. Margaret's rang for.

CHAPTER VI. Dingley Dell — The Pickwickians' journey to Manor Farm — A halt at Rainham — Hop-gardens on the road to Canterbury — Going a-hopping — A hop-picker's experiences of Kent and Bermuda — The convict's story.

CHAPTER VII. Canterbury pilgrims, mediaeval and modern — Inn dinners in Kent and in Dorsetshire — A Boughton Boniface on agricultural depression — The story of the Bossenden Wood tragedy, as related by an eye-witness — View from Boughton Hill — Bossenden Wood.

CHAPTER VIII. Canterbury — Old houses in the city — Residences of Mr. Wickfield and Dr. Strong--Precincts of the cathedral — The Dark Entry — Nell Cook's ghost — The doom of the ghost-seers — A true ghost-story — A haunted house in Westminster.

CHAPTER IX. Recollections of a former journey to Dover — Haunted by an idea — A Canterbury story of the last century — The meeting in the Precinct — Walter Gilson sees a ghost in the Dark Entry — A midnight crime — The wrong man hanged — The murderer's confession.

CHAPTER X. Dickens notabilia at Dover — The novelist's comparative estimate of Dover and Canterbury audiences — Through the byways to Deal — Legend of Earl Godwin — Tenterden Steeple and the Goodwin Sands — Story of Ambrose Gwinett — An original theory concerning Isaac Bickerstaff.

CHAPTER XI. Over the sand-hills — A memorial stone in an unexpected place — The story of Mary Bar — Sandwich — Richborough Castle — Recognition of an old house seen in a dream — The story of the haunted house — Mother Atwater — A strange chapter of physical history — Pegwell Bay.

CHAPTER XII. Dickens on the sands — Circuses and circus-men — The novelist at Broadstairs — Thanet races — Over the cliff — The North Foreland — Caught by the tide — Natural tunnel in the cliff — Sunset on the sea.

CHAPTER XIII. Margate jetty by night — Recollections of old times — Bill Johnson, the smuggler — His escape from Horsemouger Lane Gaol — The germ of a story — The sea by night — Margate in the seventeenth century — A fray and a disappearance — Return of the missing man — Charles II. at Bartholomew's Gate.

CHAPTER XIV. Over the cliff — Through the marshes to Reculver — Story of the Sisters of Davington — Ruins of the church — View from Mount Pleasant — Legend of Domneva-Thunnor's Leap — Story of Anthony Gill and the smuggler — Ramble to Monkton and Minster — End of the pilgrimage.