Photograph of Norfolk Street. Date unknown but believed to be from around the end of the nineteenth century.


The Victorian author Charles Dickens first London home was at 10 Norfolk Street, Fitzroy Square. In 1815, when he was nearly three, the Dickens family stayed two years, renting their rooms from the grocer, Mr Dodd, whose corner shop survives.

The family would come to stay here a second time in 1828, when Dickens was nearly seventeen, and lasted until he was almost twenty.



The corner shop still survives although 10 Norfolk Street is now known as number 22 Cleveland Street. There is a blue plaque on the wall commemorating Dickens.



Nearby to his house is the Cleveland Street Workhouse, thought to be the inspiration for the workhouse Dickens wrote into the story of Oliver Twist.