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Bleak House was originally called Fort House and was the residence of the captain of one of two coastal forts guarding Broadstairs. Author Charles Dickens spent many summer holidays at Fort House in the 1850s and 1860s and it was here in that "airy nest" overlooking Viking Bay that he wrote perhaps his most famous work, David Copperfield.
Fort House was dubbed Bleak House in the early part of the 20th Century. An unknown guest once asserted that it was the Bleak House referred to in Dickens' 1853 novel and the name stuck. There has been much dispute over the truth of the testimony. Some people believe that the house from which Dickens' took his inspiration is far distant from Broadstairs.
What can be certain is that the house held a special attraction for Dickens and was the residence he "most desired" in his most favourite of watering places, Broadstairs.