A Charles Dickens Walk In Southwark. Biography of Charles Dickens.
Dickens first came to know Southwark in the traumatic days of his childhood when his father, John, was incarcerated for debt in the Marshalsea Prison. He was left alone and unhappy in lodgings in Camden Town, but after pleading with his father, he was found new lodgings in Lant Street, close to the prison. There is no doubt that this period of his childhood affected his later life profoundly, both personally and professionally. References to debt and debtors prisons crop up time and again in his novels, most notably in Little Dorrit (‘The child of the Marshalsea’), and in David Copperfield, where John Dickens appears as Mr Micawber, and Charles’s memories of the Marshalsea are transferred to the nearby King’s Bench Prison.
Start: Monument Station (Circle and District Underground lines).
Finish: Borough Station (Northern Underground line).
Length: 2 miles (3.2km).
Duration: 21/4 hours.
Best of times: Daytime.
Worst of times: Evenings.