Following their marriage in 1809, John Dickens and Elizabeth Barrow set up home at Landport on the then outskirts of Portsmouth after John was posted to a position as a clerk in the pay office of the nearby naval base.

John and Elizbeth lived in the Portsmouth area for nearly six years and had three children, Frances (Fanny) Dickens, Charles Dickens and Alfred Dickens whilst there. They initially moved to a property at 13 Mile End Terrace (later renamed as 393 Old Commercial Road). The house still stands and is the site of the Charles Dickens birthplace museum.

Following the end of the Napoleonic wars personnel at Portsmouth were reduced and John Dickens was transferred back to work at Somerset House, London in January 1815.






Further Reading (external sources):

[box type=”info” style=”rounded” border=”full”]You can visit the website of the Charles Dickens’ Birthplace Museum by clicking here.