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Thanet (District Authority)
Broadstairs and St. Peters
National Grid Reference:
TR 39934 67939


FORT ROAD 1. 5283 BROADSTAIRS Bleak House TR 3967 NE 1/98 II

2. The core is early C19 but this was refronted and extended in 1901. The house was originally known as "Fort House" as it was built as the residence of the Fort Captain during the Napoleonic Wars. This was one of Charles Dickens' favourite lodging houses during the summer months and here he wrote 'David Copperfield' in 1351 and planned 'Bleak House, though the 'Bleak House' of the novel is a completely fictitious building and this building was renamed many years after the book was published. 2 to 3 storeys and basement brown brick. The right hand portion of 3 storeys is the original building. Crenellated parapet. 2 altered mullioned and transomed windows with hood moulding to the older part and J mullioned and transomed windows, including a 5-light bay running through 2 storeys to the addition of 1901. The original door to the older wing has been blocked in to form a window and the original bow window recased and crenellated. Brick porch to modern wing with crenellated parapet and arched opening with hood moulding. The interior has been arranged as a Dickens Museum. The mahogany staircase and some fireplaces are original. Grade II for Dickens associations.

Listing NGR: TR3993467939


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 25 Jul 2002
Reference: IOE01/08256/15
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