The Old Curiosity Shop has been an iconic Dickensian site since the mid-1880s, when its owner, with no justification whatsoever decided to emblazon the words “Immortalised by Charles Dickens” above the door. However, it is an old building, probably dating to the sixteenth century. Dickens buffs have always been rightly sceptical about the Dickensian connection, noting that Dickens himself concludes “The Old Curiosity Shop” with “The old house had been long ago pulled down, and a fine broad road was in its place“. Nonetheless, 14 Portsmouth Street is a really striking looking building set within modern development and seems destined to remain on the tourist map.
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