Dickens 1st Love lived here
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Dickens 1st Love lived here

This was the home of Charles Dicken's first love, Maria Beadnell


It was here that Maria Beadnell (1811-86) lived with her family. She was Charles Dickens' first live, and he was smitten with her for four years to the point where it's rumoured she had agreed to a clandestine engagement.

Her family sent her away to finishing school in France to get her away from him, and she returned a lot less keen on Dickens. Mr. Beadnell was a banker. He felt that Charles was too young and lacking in prospects to be considered a serious suitor.

He continued to pine for her and even stalked her for a while after the relationship was finished.

It's thought that the youthful Maria later inspired the character of Dora in David Copperfield.

Location: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA