It was not until 1821 and the move to St Mary’s Place, that the Dickens children were educated more formally. The new school was in Clover Lane and was run by William Giles, the son of the minister of the Baptist Chapel next door to the family home.

Later on in his writing career, Charles Dickens would base the character of Paul Dombey’s teacher, (Mr. Feeder) in Dombey and Son on the schoolmaster William Giles.



The school run by William Giles was in Clover Lane, now Clover Street in Chatham.