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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
19th February 1915 Comedian Dick Emery was born in Bloomsbury, London.
19th February 1897 Charles Blondin, French tightrope walker and acrobat died from diabetes in Ealing.
19th February 1838 Jane Alsop's terrifying encounter with Spring Heeled Jack.
19th February 1401 William Sawtree, 1st English religious martyr, burned in London
Dickens 1st Love lived here
This was the home of Charles Dicken's first love, Maria Beadnell
Location: 1 Lombard Street, London, EC3V 9AA
Description: 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.
Tagged in this Tour: Charles Dickens' London