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St George the Martyr

The church has strong associations with Charles Dickens, whose father was imprisoned for debt in the Marshalsea prison. The surviving wall of the prison adjoins the north side of the churchyard. The church is affectionately known as 'Little Dorrit's Church'.

Dickens himself lived nearby, in Lant Street, lodging in a house that belonged to the Vestry Clerk of St George’s. This was during the darkest period of his life when, as a teenager, with his father in prison, he had to work in the `blacking factory’, and his literary career must have seemed an impossible dream.

Later, he was to set several scenes of the novel Little Dorrit in and around St George’s Church. There is a small representation of Little Doritt in the east window of the church, and we welcome members of the Dickens Fellowship to an annual service. Father Ray Andrews is Chaplain to the Dickens Fellowship, London.

The church conducts daily worship and is increasingly a centre for art and music.


Full address:
St George the Martyr , Borough High Street, Bankside, London, SE1 1JA, United Kingdom
Phone No: 
020 7357 7331
Opening hours: 
Nearest tube: 
London Bridge
Nearest Rail: 
London Bridge
Family friendly: 
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