"Mr. Micawber impressing the name of streets, and the shapes of corner houses upon me, as we went along"

As a child Charles Dickens would take frequent walks with his father. On one such walk his father pointed to a house he said could be attained through hard work. The house became a symbol of success to Charles Dickens, who would later buy it. Gads Hill Place became his country seat, where he died in 1870.