"Dickens' Gad's Hill Chalet"
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- "Dickens' Gad's Hill Chalet" Dept. 56 Dickens Village set of 2, Item #58488. Introduced 2001 and retired 2002. Mint condition piece in original box & sleeve. Includes building and Dickens in a garden chair. Size: 5.5" x 5.25" x 5". This two-story Swiss chalet represents the one sent to Charles Dickens as a token of friendship from French actor Charles Fechter. Painted in warm brown it had one room on each floor, a small balcony and the atmosphere of a tree house for grown-up children. The chalet could be reached through a tunnel under the road, giving private access to what became Dickens' writing retreat. A retreat where Dickens wrote "Great Expectations". The estate Gad's Hill and Sir John Falstaff Inn are also located near the tunnel.

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