The Gt Yarmouth of 1849 looked very different to what we see today. The spit of sand between the river and the sea was then only half occupied with housing. At the south end, where the funfair and the industrial buildings stand today, the Navy Hospital and the Nelson's monument stood alone among the sand dunes. And no doubt there was an old boat among the dunes that had been turned into a home for an old fisherman. Visiting in January, with a cold wind blowing off the North Sea, it's easy to see that the picture would have been engraved on his mind.
And in sharp contrast to the cold weather, the warm friendliness of the local characters who Dickens wove into his story.
Dickens stayed at The Royal Hotel on Marine Parade, Gt Yarmouth. It was built in 1840, but enlarged and remodelled in 1877, and still stands today.
Blunderstone is 6 miles south of Gt Yarmouth, off the A12
East Anglia map Ref: F3
David Copperfield on film (1970)
David Copperfield on TV (1999)