Twists & Transformation: Dickens’s London Borough Walk
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This walk through the streets of Old Borough, follows the ‘Twists and Transformations’ of Dickens’s early childhood
Address:Borough Tube Station
Tickets:Price: £6 (concessions free)
Telephone:020 7701 2696
DescriptionBy encountering the traumatic twists in Dickens’s early years, as he took his first tentative steps into this new city of opportunity, we reveal something of his restless spirit, manifest in his compulsive night-walking and his feelings of ‘houselessness’. We imagine again the old ground of the Borough, around the debtors prison of Marshalsea and in the places Dickens frequented: the quiet graveyard of St George the Martyr, the bustling fruit and veg market, Horsemonger’s Lane Jail, and Old London Bridge. These places where his imagination grew, fed by the energy and incident of this rapidly growing city. We become aware of his acquaintance with Victorian ‘low life’, and with the frequent twists in life, those unexpected hardships. These grand themes and encounters that he later transforms into some of the most vivid characters and plots in London’s celebrated literature: Little Dorrit, Oliver Twist, Nancy, Bill Sikes. By exploring these concealed aspects of Victorian London we come face to face with the inspirational back stories that gave birth to Dickens’s extraordinary fiction.
By Bus:Buses: 35, 40, 133, 343. C10
By Tube:Borough Tube (Northern Line)