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    Weʼve raised £256 to Save & Restore Charles Dickens' Swiss Chalet. The most iconic building in British literature. In this Chalet,Dickens wrote 5 of his novels.

    Location
    Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom
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    Funded on Friday, 25th November 2016

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    It was in The Swiss Chalet that Charles Dickens wrote five of his most famous novels, many short storys and magazine articles.
    Now in a state of dereliction in a garden in Rochester, held up inside by a thick wooden prop framework and steel ties, stopping its collapse.
    The Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship are trying to raise enough money to dismantle The Chalet, treat and restore each piece and reassemble it on a more stable foundation in another area to represent how it looked , when it was in ' the wilderness garden' of Dickens home Gads Hill Place.
    The Swiss Chalet was a Christmas gift from Dickens's actor friend Charles Fetcher in 1864..It arrived at the local railway station.The ninety four pieces in fifty eight packing cases could be thought of as the first flat pack building.!!!
    When restored it will have a performance area in front of it, making a breathtaking backdrop for outdoor concerts recitals and theatrical presentations.Becoming a focal point in the middle of the town for culture relaxation and calm,when the gardens are completed.
    It is amazing to think that this important iconic building has been allowed to get to this condition, considerring the high regard Dickens is held as our favourite author, that were he wrote these books is not a place of pilgrimage like Shakespeare Hardy and Blytons are.
    With your help we can put this right.
    Thank you for reading this and do carry on enjoying the books of Charles Dickens.

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    • David Hawes

      David Hawes

      12 days ago

      David Hawes

      Thanks to everyone who supported us by making a donation .Also to all those who read our site, a big thank you .

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    • David Hawes

      David Hawes

      3 months ago

      David Hawes

      Hi all, Don't forget that if you would like to find out more about the history of The Swiss Chalet AND help to save this iconic building, you can purchase the booklet by Chalet expert, John Knott. It gives an insight into the story of The Chalet including old photographs and quotes from Dickens' private correspondence. Send a cheque made out to R&C DF (chalet fund) for £5.00 to "The Chalet.Book" c/o 67 Harptree Drive, Walderslade, Kent. ME5 0TH. For your copy.Every penny, after postage, goes towards saving The Swiss Chalet..

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    • David Hawes

      David Hawes

      3 months ago

      David Hawes

      Counted all the change and got it changed up, so have paid in the £66.25p from the line of coins made across the stage at the Albert Hall Theatre in Llandrindod Wells. So pleased to be able to add such a great amount. Thanks again David x

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    • David Hawes

      David Hawes

      3 months ago

      David Hawes

      The fabulous people of The Albert Hall Theatre in Llandrindod Wells Wales at a performance of Mr Gerald Dickens' Christmas Carol , have raised £66.25p for us by making a line of small change the complete length of the stage .........Thanks to all who donated funds will be paid in as soon as all the one P's have been changed up........lol Thanks so much David x

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    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Nov 25, 2016

      £10.00

    • Anne Smith

      Anne Smith

      Nov 16, 2016

      Hope this helps

      £10.00

    • Anonymous

      Anonymous

      Oct 1, 2016

      £20.00

    About the fundraiser
    David Hawes

    David Hawes

    Rochester, Kent, United Kingdom

    The Rochester and Chatham Dickens Fellowship branch are trying to raise the funds to restore Charles Dickens's Swiss Chalet. Move it to another location that will give it the look of how it was in the 'wilderness' garden in Dickens 'Kentish freehold' Gads Hill Place.in Rochester.

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