Heritage boost for campaign to save 'Dickens' workhouse

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English Heritage has recommended that a former workhouse in central London that is believed to have inspired Charles Dickens should not be demolished.

Campaigners hope that the building will now be given listed status and a mooted plan to demolish the site and turn it into a residential development will be rejected by Camden Council.

Charles Dickens is believed to have lived a few doors away from the Cleveland Street workhouse when he was young and scholars have suggested that it was the inspiration behind his novel, Oliver Twist.

Mike Ramsden reports.

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