48 Doughty Street was an important place in the Charles Dickens's life where he lived from 1837 until 1839. He described it as "my house in town".
Two of his daughters were born here, his sister-in-law Mary died aged 17 and some of his best-loved novels were written here, including Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. However Dickens required more space for his growing family and moved to 1 Devonshire Terrace in 1839. The house remained a residential property, but was threatened with demolition in 1823, when the Dickens Fellowship acquired it. The Museum was opened in 1925 and has become theworld’s finest Dickens-related collection.