When Charles was very young, him and his father took a walk through Kent. There was a house that sat on
Gravesend Road called Gad's Hill Place. Charles told his father that he was very impressed of the house and told him he wanted
to live there one day. His father respond to him and said "if you were to be very preserving and work very hard that he mightlive
there one day. Gad's Hill Place was built in 1780 for the Mayor of Rochester. Today, Gad's Hill Place is a school. It
educates boys and girls from nursery to the age of 11. It is regularly open to the public throughout the year for guided
tours and a programme of special events.Gad's Hill Place was one of the most places that Dickens spent some of his most happiest
days of his life at. After Dickens death, the house was sold.
The entrance hall of the Gad's Hill Place are decorated with glass floors after they
removed the wooden floor. Dickens removed balustrades from the staircase and put wooden panels which were hand painted by
his daughter Kate. This can still be seen today. Gad's Hill Place is a very historical place, and many tourist and visitors
come by to read and study the life of Charles Dickens. Many historical pictures, letters,novels form Charles, and autobiographies
have been donated to help people learn more about Charles and his works of study.Gad's Hill Place also holds charitable auctions
there to sell some of his major pieces of art and novels.Many people enjoy visiting Gad's Hill Place. They look at it as a
way to remember all the magnificent things Charles did for himself and other people in his lifetime.
1975-1981 by David Wallechinsky & Irving Wallace
Reproduced with permission from "The People's Almanac" seris of books.
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