Two friends suggested that the four of us all visit the Charles Dickens Museum in Doughty Street London WC1 earlier this week.
The museum was interesting and had a great refectory which suited us perfectly as I am sure that looking for a relatively inexpensive place for lunch in central London, during a working weekday, would not have been straightforward.
Charles Dickens himself was hugely intelligent and interesting author but in his personal life appears almost unpleasant.
His father however was not well off and indeed had been arrested for debt and sent to Marshalsea Prison. He was joined there later by his wife and younger children but was later released.
Charles himself married Catherine Hogarth and they went on to have ten children though some died early on. His relationship with his wife was odd at least in my view, as he seems to have divorced or at least separated in about 1859, yet she remained on as a housekeeper of some kind in what had been the family home. Presumably divorce was far from straightforward at the time and the prospects of the former wife receiving a fair share of the family's assets were bleak hence the need for her to remain even if in a subservient capacity rather than end up on the streets.
The museum's rooms were very well laid out. Possibly though visiting mid week during the winter months, meant that we had ample room to wander around, stopping to admire particular works or written details in rooms spread over three floors.
The maytree's youngest grandchild has yet to be potty trained and I noticed the Dicken's potty equivalent. This is a rather more attractive affair than the small potties in C21 use though unfortunately I could not find a picture.
Many of Charles Dicken's works were on display including some rare editions of his books and some recently acquired letters, writing implements and artwork.
Charles Dickens enjoyed his drink and the exhibits included part of his wine cellar. As stated in "Smartnews":