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Charles Dickens’ Paperweight

Ceramic paperweight used by Charles Dickens in his study at Gad’s Hill Place; glazed white ceramic with 2 green leaves & gold Gothic initials ‘CD’. Base & sides lined with worn maroon felt.


Initials CD: mentioned in a letter by Dickens to the giver, Mary Cowden Clarke. Dickens remains an important influence over how people see Kent today.

Guildhall Museum, Rochester

Guildhall Museum,
17 High St,
ME1 1PY,
United Kingdom


Bequeathed by Dickens to Percy Fitzgerald. Given to Dickens by Mrs Cowden Clarke (writer). Dickens says, “I have a reminder of you always before me. On my desk stand two green leaves, which I every morning station in their evergreen place at my elbow…They are with me through the four seasons’.

Curriculum Links

  • KS1: Local History, Significant Individuals, Literary Heritage
  • KS2: Local History, Britain Beyond 1066, Literary Heritage
  • KS3: Local History, Britain 17454- 1901, Literary Heritage


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