Charles Dickens' family ties to Portsmouth


Charles Dickens was born in Portsmouth on February 7 1812 and although his family moved to London when Charles was three, the author retained a lifelong bond with the city.

Dickens' father managed the Royal Navy pay office in the city between 1807 and 1815.

Ian Dickens, the great great grandson of Charles Dickens, explores what Portsmouth was like in 1812 and the city's enduring links with one of English literature's greatest figures.

Helping him uncover the story are Rosalinda Hardiman, from Portsmouth Museums and Libraries; Andrew Baines, Curator of HMS Victory and authors Hillar McCaskill and Claire Tomalin.

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