Rochester was founded by the Romans in some 53 AD, but often that would have been on a site earlier used by others. Charles Dickens' moved there when he was a child, and his father was struggling to support the family. He, the father, was constantly in debt, and in and out of debtors' prisons until he lucked out on one job -- found his employer a cheat -- blew the whistle, and then could move elsewhere for a fresh start. The senior Mr. Dickens was the model for Mr. Micawber, one of the characters in Great Expectations.
Joseph Clayton Clarke illustrated much of Dickens, here Mr. Micawber, fair use. Smithsonian magazine has a fine article on Dickens, at Going Mad for Charles Dickens, http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/Going-Mad-for-Charles-Dickens.html
Mr. Micawber, from David Copperfield:
Sam Weller, from The Pickwick Papers:
Uriah Heep, from David Copperfield:
Mr. Pickwick, from The Pickwick Papers: