Churches Conservation Trust makes Literary Connections on series of walking tours

By Ruth Hazard | 24 September 2012
St Mary's, Higham is the parish where Dickens spent his final days. It can be seen on one of the CCT's literary tours© Churches Conservation Trust
A new series of tours organised by the Churches Conservation Trust is inviting literature lovers to walk in the paths of Britain’s most renowned bygone authors.

Thomas Hardy, William Shakespeare and Charles Dickens are among the many famous writers whose work has been inspired by England’s churches. They are prominent characters in the Trust's Literary Connections series of tours.

Hardy helped to restore At Dorchester’s St Peter’s Church young apprentice, and Shakespeare married Anne Hathaway at All Saints Church, near Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Dickens tour comes with the promise of seeing Pip’s Graves - the forlorn gravestones of 13 babies that the author describes as "little stone lozenges" - as well the Higham Church that became his parish during the final years of his life.

Treasured writers and poets John Keeble, Samuel Johnson and William Morris are also among the list of distinguished literary names on the tours.

More pictures:

The 13 tombstones which inspired Pip's Graves© Churches Conservation Trust

Inside St James' in Kent – the Church which inspired the graveyard scene in Great Expectations© Churches Conservation Trust

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