This map plots the settings and references in David Copperfield

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GNU Free Documentation License White Cliffs of Dover - Credit: Remi Jouan

Dover is a port in Kent. It is famed for its white cliffs. Due to its proximity to the Channel and the Continent, Dover has proved strategically important throughout its history.

Although Dickens placed Betsey Trotwood’s house in Dover, the residence which inspired Aunt Betsey’s home was actually located in Broadstairs, where Dickens wrote much of David Copperfield. Broadstairs, also in Kent, was a popular seaside resort town. It took its name from the “broad stairs” carved into the chalk cliffs.