St Mary Portsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire
On the 4th of March 1812, Dickens was baptised here at the medieval font (picture: Basher Eyre, Creative Commons License). The church today is not the one that Dickens would have known, as the current church was built in 1880. It was built at the same time as a number of other buildings in the city, namely institutes and mission halls which were constructed to help those living in the deprived area. For the 200th anniversary of Dickens’ birth, the ward which the church lies within was renamed the Charles Dickens ward, in his honour. The church and its congregation still uphold the church’s original values of helping those who are disadvantaged in the community.
The church has a variety of facilities available to the public, as well as holding regular services and being open to visitors throughout the week from 9am-12pm.