On Sunday, Subs and I went on one of the walks that has places where Dickens lived or where some of his characters lived, or in fact interesting places close by that form part of the atmosphere of Dickens’ London.
We started in Highgate and made our way to Pond Square and Hampstead West Hill, we finished up near Hampstead Heath after walking about 7 miles in all.
Apparently Dickens walked a lot around London and spent a great deal of time in the Inns of Court and Inns of Chancery. Pip in Great Expectations lived in Barnard’s Inn even though he was not studying law; in fact quite a few characters lived in the Inns.
“We must not forget that here Pip, of Great Expectations at one time had his quarters in what Dickens rather harshly calls ‘the dingiest collection of shabby buildings ever squeezed together in a rank corner as a club for tom-cats.'”