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1. Barnet (map)

"Early on the seventh morning after he had left his native place, Oliver limped slowly into the little town of Barnet..."
(Chapter 8)


Oliver escapes Sowerberry, the undertaker, and walks 70 miles to Barnet, a town located about 11 miles north of London. In Barnet, Oliver meets John Dawkins, also known as the Artful Dodger.



2. Whitechapel (map)

"The house to which Oliver had been conveyed was in the neighborhood of Whitechapel... "
(Chapter 19)


Oliver is taken to this section of East London after he is recaptured by Nancy and Sikes in Chapter 16.



3. Bethnal Green (map)

"[Fagin] kept on his course, through many winding and narrow ways, until he reached Bethnal Green; then, turning suddenly off to the left, he soon became involved in a maze of the mean and dirty streets which abound in that close and densely populated quarter..."
(Chapter 19)


Bethnal Green is the dirty, lower-class area in the East End of London where Nancy lives with Bill Sikes. Oliver leaves from Bethnal Green as he starts his "expedition" to Chertsey with Sikes in Chapter 21.



4a. Finsbury Square (map)

"Turning down Sun Street and Crown Street, and crossing Finsbury Square, Mr. Sikes struck, by way of Chiswell Street, into Barbican: thence into Long Lane, and so into Smithfield, from which latter place arose a tumult of discordant sounds that filled Oliver Twist with amazement..."
(Chapter 21)


Sikes and Oliver pass through this section of London on their expedition in Chapter 21 that ultimately ends in Chertsey.



4b. Holborn (map)

Sikes "nodded twice or thrice to a passing friend and, resisitng as many invitations to take a morning dram, pressed steadily onward until they were clear of the turmoil and had made their way through Hosier Lane into Holborn..."
(Chapter 21)


Oliver and Sikes pass through this suburban section of London on their way to Chertsey.



4c. Hyde Park (map)

"They held their course at this rate until they had passed Hyde Park corner and were on their way to Kensington..."
(Chapter 21)


Bill Sikes and Oliver pass through Hyde Park on their way to Chertsey.


"It was a family hotel in a quiet but handsome street near Hyde Park..."
(Chapter 39)


Later, Nancy visits Rose Maylie at her hotel on Hyde Park.



4d. Chertsey (map)

"They were at no great distance off; and, as they walked pretty briskly, they soon arrived at Chertsey."

"'Slap through the town,' whispered Sikes; 'there'll be nobody in the way to-night to see us.'"

"Toby acquiesced; and they hurried through the main street of the little town, which at that late hour was wholly deserted. A dim light shone at intervals from some bedroom window, and the hoarse barking of dogs occasionally broke the silence of the night. But there was nobody abroad. They had cleared the town, as the churchbell struck two."

(Chapter 22)


A quiet village along the Thames River where Mrs. Maylie lives. Bill Sikes takes Oliver to Chertsey and leaves him there after Oliver fails in his robbery attempt.



5. The Strand (map)

" 'I couldn't speak to him, for he didn't see me, and I trembled so, that I was not able to go up to him. But Giles asked, for me, whether he lived there, and they said he did. Look here,' said Oliver, opening a scrap of paper, 'here it is; here's where he lives - I'm going there directly! Oh, dear me, dear me! What shall I do when I come to see him and hear him speak again!' "

"With her attention not a little distracted by these and a great many other incoherent exclamations of joy, Rose read the address, which was Craven Street, in the Strand..."

(Chapter 41)


A major commercial thoroughfare of London, where Mr. Brownlow lives after his return from the West Indies. Often mentioned in Dickens's works.



6. St. Paul's Cathedral (map)

"The girl had taken a few restless turns to and fro - closely watched meanwhile by her hidden observer - when the heavy bell of St. Paul's tolled for the death of another day. Midnight had come upon the crowded city..."
(Chapter 46)


The main cathedral in central London. Nancy, Brownlow and Rose can hear the bells of the cathedral as they secretly meet at London Bridge.


"Then came night - dark, dismal, silent night. Other watchers are glad to hear this church-clock strike, for they tell of life and coming day. To him they brought despair. The boom of every iron bell came laden with the one deep hollow sound - Death. What availed the noise and bustle of cheerful morning, which penetrated even there, to him? It was another form of knell, with mockery added to the warning...

"Eight - nine - ten. If it was not a trick to frighten him, and those were the real hours treading on each other's heels, where would he be when they came round again! Eleven! Another struck before the voice of the previous hour had ceased to vibrate. At eight he would be the only mourner in his own funeral train; at eleven - "

(Chapter 52)


Later, Fagin can hear the bells of St. Paul's as he waits to hang at the Newgate Prison.



7. London Bridge (map)

"The church clocks chimed three quarters past eleven as two figures emerged on London Bridge. One, which advanced with a swift and rapid step, was that of a woman... the other figure was that of a man... Thus they crossed the bridge, from the Middlesex to the Surrey shore, when the woman, apparently dissapointed in her anxious scrutiny of the foot-passengers, turned back. The movement was sudden; but he who watched her was not thrown off his guard by it; for, shrinking into one of the recesses which surmount the piers of the bridge, and leaning over the parapet the better to conceal his figure, he suffered her to pass on the opposite pavement..."
(Chapter 46)


The old granite bridge where Nancy, Mr. Brownlow and Rose meet to discuss Oliver. Noah Claypole hides near the stairs of the bridge and reports what he hears to Fagin.

This bridge, built in 1831, is the second "London Bridge" referred to in Dickens's novels. (It replaced an older bridge dating from the 13th century). The 1831 bridge was sold and reconstructed in Lake Havasu, Arizona. It was dedicated in 1971.



8. Hampstead Heath (map)

(Sikes) "went through Islington, strode up the hill at Highgate on which stands the stone in honour of Whittington, turned down to Highgate Hill, unsteady of purpose and uncertain where to go - struck off to the right again almost as soon as he began to descend it, and taking the footpath across the fields, skirted Caen Wood and so came out on Hampstead Heath. Traversing the hollow by the Vale of Health, he mounted the opposite bank, and crossing the road which joins the villages of Hampstead and Highgate, made along the remaining portion of the heath to the fields at North End, in one of which he laid himself down under a hedge and slept..."
(Chapter 48)


Bill Sikes crosses these rolling hills as he flees from London after killing Nancy.



9. Jacob's Island (map)

"Near to that part of the Thames on which the church at Rotherhithe abuts, where the buildings on the banks are dirtiest and the vessels on the river blackest with the dust of colliers and the smoke of close-built low-roofed houses, there exists the filthiest, the strangest, the most extraordinary of the many localities that are hidden in London, wholly unknown, even by name, to the great mass of its inhabitants...

"In such a neighbourhood, beyond Dockhead in the Borough of Southwark, stand Jacob's Island, surrounded by a muddy ditch, six or eight feet deep and fifteen or twenty wide when the tide is in, once called Mill Pond but known in the days of this story as Folly Ditch..."

(Chapter 50)


A small island located in the Thames River where Sikes ultimately hangs himself accidentally.



10. Newgate Prison (map)

"Those dreadful walls of Newgate, which have hidden so much misery and such unspeakable anguish - not only from the eyes but, too often, and too long, from the thoughts of men - never held so dread a spectacle as that..."
(Chapter 52)


During the first half of the 1800s Newgate was London's chief prison and was where prisoners were held before execution. Every Monday morning large crowds would assemble outside Newgate Prison to watch the men and women executed. A seat at one of the windows overlooking the gallows could cost as much as £10. Public executions were abolished in 1868, and until 1901 prisoners were hanged inside Newgate. Oliver visits Fagin at his cell before the death sentence is carried out.


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