"we soon came to a very neat little cottage with cheerful bow-windows: in front of it, a small square gravelled court or garden full of flowers, carefully tended, and smelling deliciously. "

Although Betsey Trotwood’s house is set in Dover, the house actually described is one which still stands in the seaside resort of Broadstairs. It now operates as Broadstairs’ Dickens House Museum.


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Dickens wrote much of David Copperfield while staying in Broadstairs, where he brought his family each summer from 1839 to 1851.