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Westminster Abbey projects Charles Dickens light display on building to mark 150th anniversary

by Press Association

Westminster Abbey in London marked the death of Charles Dickens this week by projecting images of him onto their buidling. 

The author of A Christmas Carol, Oliver and A Tale of Two Cities is buried in the Abbey, having died 9th June 1870. 

The light display, created by Luxmuralis, featured images of Dickens throughout his life, the names of characters he created and quotes from his novels. 

 

 

A small stone with a simple inscription marks the grave of Dickens in Poets' Corner in Westminster Abbey. 

The funeral in 1870 was strictly private, following Dickens' own instructions, with only twelve people attending 

Each year on the anniversary of Dickens' birth a wreath is laid on the grave, this year by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle. 

 

 

Images: Yui Mok, PA 

 

The 150th anniversary was also marked in the village where he died.

A small ceremony was held at Gad’s Hill Place in Higham, Kent, with pots of the author’s favourite flowers placed on the steps of the house.

Plans for commemorations throughout June to mark the milestone had to be shelved due to the ongoing pandemic.

Dickens bought Gad’s Hill Place in March 1856 and lived there from June 1857 until his death. 

Mayor of Gravesham John Caller and fellow councillor Shane Mochrie-Cox were joined at the ceremony by the head boy of Gad’s Hill School Peter Brooks Van Zyl and headmaster Paul Savage.

The mayor said: “We couldn’t let today pass unmarked.

“I suspect Dickens would have greatly sympathised with us all in our current pandemic predicament and appreciated, given the times, being honoured in such an unostentatious and private manner.

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