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Insolvencies from the past: Dickens (Dec 1824) 9 March 2012

200 years on from the birth of Charles Dickens, Insolvency News has dug up this gem from the archives of the London Gazette, way back in 1824.

Dickens’ father, John Dickens famously was imprisoned in the Marshalsea debtors prison in Southwark in 1824 where the rest of his family was forced to join him.

Charles, then 12 years old, escaped, however, and moved to live with a family friend – Elizabeth Roylance in Camden. Mrs Roylance would later become his inspiration for Mr Pipchin in Dombey & Son.



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