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Satis House [May. 13th, 2018|09:47 am]
Tony Grist
Rochester was Dickens' home town and Rochester knows it. You walk down the High Street and every other shop or café is called something like Copperfield's or Little Dorrit's or Miss Twinkleton's. Many of the associations are entirely valid. The huge clock that juts out over the High Street is mentioned in Great Expectations, the Abbey gatehouse is where John Jasper lodged in Edwin Drood, the charitable establishment called the Six Poor Travellers gave its name to a set of stories. And so on.

Just off the High Street on Crow Lane, across from a public park that used to be a monastic vineyard, is the scariest house in all of Dickens. It was created out of two medieval townhouses and sheltered Charles II on the eve of his coronation- in honour of which it is known as Restoration House. But that's not it's real name. It's real name is Satis House- and it's where Miss Havisham lives....


[User Picture]From: strange_complex
2018-05-13 12:20 pm (UTC)
Fascinating! A great photo, showing the house very much as I 'recognise' it from the novel.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-13 01:42 pm (UTC)

I think its present owners keep it in better condition than Miss H.
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[User Picture]From: kishenehn
2018-05-13 01:30 pm (UTC)
A handsome photo ... and I love the character in those bricks.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-13 01:48 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The bricks will be 16th or 17th century I suppose.
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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2018-05-13 01:43 pm (UTC)
What a fabulous building! I don't think I've ever come across anything like it...

Thank you! I shall be able to picture the house now, next time I read Great Expectations.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2018-05-13 01:50 pm (UTC)
I see Dutch influence in that gable- and of course this part of England is only a short sea voyage away from Holland.
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[User Picture]From: halfmoon_mollie
2018-05-13 02:30 pm (UTC)
oooh. I wish I could win the lottery and spend a whole season looking over England. I'd ask you and Ailz to be my guides....because I love it when you post stuff like this.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2018-05-13 02:46 pm (UTC)
We've not been to Rochester but just from your brief comments here and the photos I know I'd love to explore. That is indeed what seems like a Dutch-influenced Gable.
The house is very striking!
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2018-05-13 10:30 pm (UTC)
Great photo. Very much like it is envisioned in the novel.
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