His works show a thorough knowledge of the port of London (or “Down by the Docks”). The Uncommercial Traveller charts his journeys to the docks and to surrounding districts such as Wapping and Shadwell.
|A riverside wharf from Dickens' day. © NMM|
Charles Dickens had a keen interest in the lives of ordinary people and a deep sympathy for those who worked in the port and sailed the ships.
Many of the greatest scenes in his novels were set in London.