Friday 11 February 2011 11.50am
Even his descendants have no regard for his wishes
Now, almost 140 years after his death, Dickens' final request has sparked an impassioned debate among his most ardent fans – and his family are suggesting his dying wish be laid to rest.
The writer's great-great grandson, Mark Charles Dickens, said a statue was "long overdue". Ian Dickens, another relative, asked: "Can you obey the desires set out in a will when numerous 'monuments' have appeared in the last hundred years?
"Like my Uncle Cedric and my cousin Mark, I endorse the call for a formal monument and if one appears in Rochester, another in Portsmouth and another in London, then hurrah to that."
But the proposal has enraged local history organisations and members of the Dickens Fellowship, who are against an idea which they feel would have mortified the modest author.
Mind you, even a will you make today and think is legally binding can be overturend by the courts so what chance have mere wishes