03/02/2012 07:57 GMT | Updated 03/02/2012 08:17 GMT

Dickens' England: Past And Present (PICTURES)

Charles Dickens' novels are about people: their struggles, their hopes, their weaknesses and their fears.

As we approach his 200th birthday, we tend to see Dickens as either the great chronicler of social injustice or simply the master storyteller who gave us some of the most colourful characters in our literary heritage.

But Dickens was also about places, predominantly the streets of London. The term 'Dickensian England' immediately conjures a vision of rag-and-bone Victorian alleyways where sooty-faced children scramble past men in top hats.

Here we've gathered photographs of classic locations from Dickens' life and fiction as they were during his era, and compare them to how they look today, 200 years later.

Dickens Location Past and Present