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A Charles Dickens house of Targaryen?

August 29, 2013|By Elisabeth Donnelly
  • Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen with Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen on "Game of Thrones."
Harry Lloyd as Viserys Targaryen with Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen… (HBO )

"Game of Thrones'" Viserys Targaryen may not have a crown, but he's got a country house -- one that used to be Charles Dickens' -- that he's hoping to share.

Gad's Hill Place, Dickens' country home, is to be opened to the public for the first time since his death in 1870 -- in a project spearheaded by his relatives, including actor Harry Lloyd, a.k.a. Viserys Targaryen on the HBO series "Game of Thrones."

Dickens had 10 children and then the family continued to grow. Lloyd is his great-great-great grandson; his mother, Marion Dickens, is leading the effort to open Gad's Hill Place to the public. 

Gad's Hill Place, in Hingham, Kent, is where Dickens wrote "Great Expectations" and "A Tale of Two Cities." It has been the location of the Gad's Hill Independent School since the 1920s.

Seeking more modern facilities, the school is moving to two state-of-the-art buildings on the grounds. Headmaster David Craggs told the Kent News that "thousands of children have had the rare honor of being able to learn English in what was Charles Dickens' bedroom."

Dickens' relatives will be working through a charity in which Marion Dickens is a trustee. "Public access to [the house] has been very limited," she said. "Now, for the first time, people who love the books will be able to visit his home."

Maybe even George R.R. Martin.


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