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.
February (7). Charles Dickens’s 22nd birthday.
May. The sketch The Boardinghouse is published in The Monthly Magazine.
June. Original Papers, a short story is published anonymously in Bell’s Weekly Magazine.
August (1). The slavery abolition act, banning slavery throughout the British Empire, comes into force.
August. Dickens becomes a reporter on The Morning Chronicle.
August. Dickens begins using the pseudonym “Boz“ in the sketch The Boardinghouse-No. II, published in The Monthly Magazine.
September. Dickens is sent to Edinburgh to report on a political banquet given for Earl Grey, his first travel outside of south east England.
Autumn/Winter. Meets his future wife, Catherine Hogarth.
October (16). Houses of Parliament destroyed by fire.
December. Dickens takes a lease on chambers (rooms) at Furnival’s Inn, Holborn with his younger brother Frederick, at a rent of £35 per year, paid in advance.
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.