"Calls a house a rookery when there’s not a rook near it"
GNU Free Documentation LicenseRook - Credit: Rafal Komorowski

The name of David Copperfield’s childhood home is symbolic and foreshadows future events. Folklore has it that the rook is able to predict the weather and sense approaching death.

A rookery is the nesting area for these birds, and it was thought that an abandoned rookery brought bad luck to the owners of the land.