Category: Places | Type: Historical | Title: David Copperfield (in Context) | Author: Charles Dickens | Ch: I Am Sent Away from Home

Blackheath, southeast of London, became a London suburb in the 19th c. Its name originated in Anglo-Saxon times with the open space of dark heathland. Some of Dickens's readers would have found ominous the siting of Salem House in Blackheath, for it was thought the name was connected with the Black Death and a place used as a mass grave for its victims.  

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