2012 is the bicentinary of the birth of Charles Dickens. He was  an English Novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian period. His own story is one of rags to riches which provided the vivid characters and exhaustive depiction of contemporary life so evident in his books. Watch the animated story of his life here

Charles Dickens had many associations with Kent, as did his characters, including his death on 7 June 1870 at Gad’s Hill Place, Higham, Kent. 

The photograph to the left is of St Thomas a Beckett Fairfield Church on the Romney Marsh in Kent which was used in the recent BBC televised adaptation of Great Expectations. Reputedly, as the film crew were setting up machines to reproduce the infamous marsh fog nature had the last laugh and rolled in on cue!