Junior classmates from Gad’s marked Charles Dickens’ birth date in the great author’s very own study, which is now a much-treasured, and still used room in their school.

The study is a particular highlight of the Grade 1 listed 18th Century house as it features Dickens’ book-lined walls with comedy names such as nine volumes of ‘Cat’s lives’ and ‘Hansard’s guide to refreshing sleep’.

Now an independent school for girls and boys aged 3-16, Gad’s Hill Place in Higham is Dickens former, and reportedly, favourite home.

Year Four Form tutor Mrs Joanne Titler read classic novel ‘Oliver Twist’ to her class of eight to nine-year-olds before challenging them to work-out how old Dickens would have been today if he were still alive.

Mrs Titler said: “It is a privilege to teach in the home of such a renowned author and our children are inspired everyday by its rich history.

“Dickens’ study, with its many original features, is the perfect place to take the time to appreciate our wonderful learning environment and share a story together.”

After, the children made their way to one of Dickens’ converted bedrooms for a Spanish lesson before heading back to the new-build part of the school for a homemade lunch of steak pie.

Charles Dickens died aged 58 in the dining room at Gad’s Hill Place on 7th February 1812.

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