Barnaby Rudge character jug designed by Arthur Gredington and produced by Beswick of Longton, England, circa 1950. "Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty" is a historical novel by British novelist Charles Dickens set during the Gordon Riots of 1780. Barnaby Rudge, an "innocent", wanders in and out of the story with his pet raven, Grip. Barnaby's mother begins to receive visits from the ill-kempt stranger, whom she feels compelled to protect. She later gives up the annuity she had been receiving from Geoffrey Haredale and, without explanation, takes Barnaby and leaves the city hoping to escape the unwanted visitor. Grip the raven forms the handle of the jug.