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Mr. Peggoty’s houseboat is in Great Yarmouth, a coastal town in Norfolk, at the mouth of the River Yare.

In May 1845, four years before Dickens began writing David Copperfield, Yarmouth was struck by disaster: a suspension bridge collapsed causing the death of seventy-nine individuals, including many children who had gathered to watch a performing clown.

Dickens stayed at the Royal Hotel in Yarmouth whilst writing parts of David Copperfield