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A slice of London’s literary history went up for grabs today as a £2.8 million For Sale sign was hoisted over Charles Dickens’ old home behind Chancery Lane station.
Dickens House at 15 Took’s Court is believed to be where the writer created the character of Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol — reputedly based on a tight-fisted neighbour.
Gryphon Property Partners, selling the office building on behalf of a private owner, says local tradition suggests Dickens lived there when he was a Parliamentary reporter. It was renamed Cook’s Court by the author in his novel Bleak House and was the office of legal clerk Mr Snagsby. The property is let to music impresario Raymond Gubbay, one of the country’s leading promoters of popular classical music all over the country, until 2019.
Gryphon says the building could appeal to investors or businesses that want to use the property for their own head office.
News of the sale comes amid protests from Dickens societies worldwide over plans to build a basement next to the Bloomsbury home of the museum that is devoted to the author.Protesters fear the museum in Doughty Street could be disrupted for six months and could be damaged by the work.