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Charles Dickens was born in February, the second child and first son of John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow in Landport, then just outside Portsmouth. He was christened a month later Charles John Huffam Dickens at St. Mary’s Church, Portsea. John worked as a pay clerk in the nearby naval Dockyard. 1812 was an eventful year in British politics. Three months after Dickens was born Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was the assassinated, whilst industrial unrest continued throughout the year from the Luddites. British military forces were fighting on several fronts, including involvement in the continuing Peninsular Wars (against France) whilst a new war opened up in America.

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Throughout 1813, John Dickens remained posted to Portsmouth Dockyard, the family living in the area.

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In 1826, Charles’s studies continued at Wellington House Academy, but his family’s financial situation worsens throughout the year. It makes the costs of schooling for Fanny and Charles increasingly unbearable and by November, the Royal Academy of Music, writes to John Dickens about unpaid fees for Fanny Dickens, threatening to withdraw her place at the school.

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During 1827, Charles Dickens turned 15. At the time he was continuing his schooling at Wellington House Academy, London. However, shortly after his birthday the family fell behind with rent payments and were evicted. Dickens was pulled out of Wellington House, and in May, through connections made by his mother, he obtained work as a clerk at the law firm of Ellis and Blackmore at Gray’s Inn in London’s Holborn area. He would continue working here for the next eighteen months. While there, he started to learn shorthand reporting, a skill that led him into his writing career, firstly as a journalist and then as a novelist. In the evenings, Dickens enjoyed regularly attending the theatre. In November, Augustus Dickens, the youngest brother of Charles was born. His nickname in his younger years becomes the inspiration for Charles’s pen name ‘Boz‘ early on in his writing career.

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In January 1837, Charles Dickens and Catherine were still living in small lodgings at Furnival’s Inn when their first child, a son, was born. With the space being unsuitable to raise a family, they moved to a nearby house at Doughty Street in March. The new house would be a place of grief soon after when Charles’s young sister-in-law, Mary Hogarth, to whom he was devotedly attached, died very suddenly. In the autumn Charles stayed at Broadstairs, his first visit to the Kent seaside town which he became very fond of, and where he stayed for a number of successive years. In current affairs, Victoria became Queen of the United Kingdom in June, following the death of her uncle, King William IV.

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