The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during for each year of his adult life, as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.


Charles Dickens is admitted to the gallery of the House of Commons as a reporter.

February, 7. Charles Dickens’s 19th birthday.

March, 29. Exeter Hall opens in The Strand.

August, 1. The new London Bridge officially opened.

September, 8. Coronation of King King William IV in Westminster Abbey.

October, 29. Bristol Riots. Hundreds of people rioted in Bristol city centre over the issue of parliamentary reform. The disturbances, which lasted for three days, was crushed by troops with several people killed.

November. John Dickens declares himself an insolvent debtor for the second time.

Missing a date? if you know of any movements not covered here we would welcome letting us know, along with a reference to any source material so we can try to fill in the gaps.