Gower Street

(WC1) Here Lord Eldon lived for thirteen years, and here also resided John Adolphus, the historian, and Harley, the comedian. (Reference: Jesse's London, p. 139) Here, at No. 4, Charles Dickens's mother set up a boarding-school for girls, advertised by a brass plate inscribed: "Mrs. Dickens' Establishment " ; but it failed, fresh debts having been contracted, with the result that the famous novelist's always-unfortunate father was taken to the debtors' prison, the Marshalsea.