Bleak House was published in Household Words from March 1852 to September 1853. The plot centres on an interminably long court case, Jarndyce and Jarndyce, which forms a critique of the Byzantine legal system in the Chancery. It is widely held to be one of Dickens' best novels.
In Bleak House Mr George, an ex-military man, owns a shooting gallery, where the street-sweeper Jo is hidden. It is the setting for several important scenes in the novel.