Charles Dickens’ Home Working Shed

Over the weekend We took a trip down to Kent and had a day out in Rochester. It’s a really interesting place and those who have visited will know that it has many Charles Dickens connections.

Down a little lane we found Charles Dickens’ two-storey Swiss chalet. The chalet used be in the garden at Gad’s Hill Place, Higham and was used as a summer study house. Dickens wrote many of his famous novels there from 1865 until his death in 1870. The chalet is currently in the gardens of Eastgate House in Rochester.

So what struck me about the chalet is that it is essentially an elaborate remote working/home office/shed! Dickens must have struggled with many of the issues we remote workers struggle with – interruptions from family, messy working space, feeling the cold etc.

Maybe I should do a tour of famous people’s home working spaces? 😉


Unfortunately the chalet is in a bit of a bad way and needs considerable restoration. There is an appeal to raise over £100,000 which hopes to sort out the wood rot and give the chalet a much needed make over.


2 thoughts on “Charles Dickens’ Home Working Shed

  1. Hi Marieke,
    If you haven’t already, you should pay a visit to the Roald Dahl museum in Great Missendon – they’ve painstakingly rebuilt his shed, minus one wall, inside the museum so you can peer into it. It’s actually really cool (the rest of the museum is good too).


  2. Thanks Paul – that does sound cool. I’m a huge Roald Dahl fan (and the kids like him too!) so we definitely should get there. Hope all’s well with you!? If you ever fancy writing something on what commuting and home working (all in the same week) is like just let me know.


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