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Eastgate House

April 2011

Eastgate House is an Elizabethan mansion built in 1590-91. In Dickens' time the house was used as a girls' school. In 1897 the house was purchased by the Rochester City Council and was used as the city museum. In the 1970s the house became the Charles Dickens Centre, this closed in 2004.

The house is the model for Westgate House, an establishment for young ladies, in The Pickwick Papers. It appears in Dickens again in The Mystery of Edwin Drood as the Nuns' House, a Seminary for young ladies run by Miss Twinkleton.

Eastgate House
Eastgate House

Eastgate House
Eastgate House

Eastgate House
Eastgate House