This illustration from John Forster's The Life of Charles Dickens shows the house and conservatory at Gadshill from the meadow. Gadshill was the mansion in the English country of Kent that was the country home of Charles Dickens. Charles Dickens (1812-1870) is one of the best known and most distinguished English novelists. He lived during the Victorian era. Among his best-known works are: A Christmas Carol, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Tale of Two Cities.