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 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 and major news events from across the world at the time.


1835.

Jan/Feb (?). Becomes engaged to Catherine Hogarth.

January, 6 – February, 6. Polling takes place for the 1835 United Kingdom general election. The results saw Robert Peel’s Conservatives make large gains, but the Whigs maintained a large majority. Peel ran a minority Conservative government until 8 April, after being unable to form a majority. Lord Melbourne subsequently became Prime Minister forming a Whig government.

January. The first part of the sketch A Passage in the Life of Mr. Watkins Tottle is published in The Monthly Magazine.

January, 31.The Evening Chronicle newspaper is launched. Dickens is commissioned to write a series of twenty Sketches of London for the paper. The first, Hackney-Coach Stands appears in the first edition.

February. The second part of the sketch A Passage in the Life of Mr. Watkins Tottle is published in The Monthly Magazine.

February, 5 (Thursday). Dickens visits Coldbath Fields and Newgate prisons, gathering material for his observations of London life. He is accompanied by fellow reporter and friend Thomas Beard. In the afternoon he writes from his lodgings at Furnival’s Inn to Catherine about his trip and saying he will see her the following day.

February, 7 (Saturday). Charles Dickens’s 23rd birthday.

February, 7 (Saturday). The sketch Gin-Shops is published in The Evening Chronicle.

February, 15 (Sunday). Death of Henry Hunt, radical speaker and agitator remembered as a pioneer of working-class radicalism and an important influence on the later Chartist movement. Hunt advocated parliamentary reform and the repeal of the Corn Laws.

February, 19 (Thursday). The sketch Early Coaches is published in The Evening Chronicle.

February, 25 (Wednesday). In the evening he writes from his lodgings at Furnival’s Inn to Catherine saying he has made considerable progress with his Newgate sketch (see 5 February), ‘but the subject is such a very difficult one to do justice to’.

February, 28 (Saturday). The sketch The Parish is published in The Evening Chronicle.

March, 7 (Saturday). The sketch The House is published in The Evening Chronicle.

March, 17 (Tuesday). The sketch London Recreations is published in The Evening Chronicle.

April, 7 (Tuesday). The sketch Public Dinners is published in The Evening Chronicle.

April, 11 (Saturday). The sketch Bellamy’s is published in The Evening Chronicle.

April, 16 (Thursday). The sketch Greenwich Fair is published in The Evening Chronicle.

April, 18 (Saturday). Lord Melbourne succeeds Robert Peel as Prime Minister.

April, 23 (Thursday). The sketch Thoughts about People is published in The Evening Chronicle.

May, 1 (Friday). Travels from Exeter to Wincanton, arriving at 8pm and staying overnight in the town.

May, 2 (Saturday). 9pm. Departs Wincanton on an overnight coach to London, arriving 11 the following morning.

May, 9 (Saturday). The sketch Astley’s is published in The Evening Chronicle.

May, 13 (Wednesday). Death of John Nash, one of the foremost British architects of the Regency and Georgian eras, aged 83.

May, 19 (Tuesday). The sketch The Curate. The Old Lady. The Half-Pay Captain is published in The Evening Chronicle.

June, 6 (Saturday). The sketch The River is published in The Evening Chronicle.

June, 18 (Thursday). The sketch The Four Sisters is published in The Evening Chronicle.

June, 18 (Thursday). Death of William Cobbett, journalist, author and and member of parliament.

June, 18 (Thursday). An underground explosion at Wallsend Colliery kills 102.

June, 30 (Tuesday). The sketch The Pawnbroker’s Shop is published in The Evening Chronicle.

August, 11 (Tuesday). The sketch Private Theatres is published in The Evening Chronicle.

August, 20 (Thursday). The sketch The Ladies’ Societies is published in The Evening Chronicle.

September, 27 (Sunday). The first of a series of twelve sketches appears in Bell’s Life in London with the publication of Seven Dials. For the series, published between 27 September 1835 and 17 January 1836 under the general title of Scenes and Characters, Dickens adopts the pseudonym Tibbs.

October. The publisher John Macrone offers Dickens £100 for the copyright of a collected edition of his newspaper sketches.

October, 4 (Sunday). The sketch Miss Evans and The Eagle appears in Bell’s Life in London.

October, 11 (Sunday). The sketch The Dancing Academy appears in Bell’s Life in London.

October, 18 (Sunday). The sketch Making a Night of It appears in Bell’s Life in London.

October, 25 (Sunday). The sketch Love and Oysters appears in Bell’s Life in London.

November, 1 (Sunday). The sketch Some Account of an Omnibus Cad appears in Bell’s Life in London.

November, 5 (Thursday). In the morning Dickens visits the prisons of Coldbath Fields and Newgate. Returns to lodgings at Furnival’s Inn where he writes to Catherine Hogarth.

November, 8 (Sunday). Travels from Newbury to Bristol (to report on a dinner given in honour of Lord John Russell for The Morning Chronicle).

November, 10 (Tuesday). Attends a dinner given in honour of Lord John Russell at the Ivatt’s Hotel, Clifton.

November, 11 (Wednesday). Travels from Bristol to Bath, staying over in the city at the White Hart.

November, 12 (Thursday). Remains in Bath, again staying over in the city at the White Hart.

November, 13 (Friday). Evening. Returns to London.

November, 22 (Sunday). The sketch The Vocal Dressmaker appears in Bell’s Life in London.

November, 23 (Monday). Dickens watches the play The Dream at Sea by J.B. Buckstone at London’s Adelphi theatre. His review appears the following day in The Morning Chronicle.

November, 24 (Tuesday). Dickens’s review of J.B. Buckstone’s The Dream at Sea at the Adelphi theatre appears in The Morning Chronicle.

November, 27 (Friday). James Pratt and John Smith are hanged in front of Newgate Prison, London after a conviction of buggery, the last people to be executed for homosexual acts in England.

November, 29 (Sunday). The sketch The Prisoners Van appears in Bell’s Life in London.

December, 13 (Sunday). The sketch The Parlour appears in Bell’s Life in London.

December, 27 (Sunday). The sketch Christmas Festivities appears in Bell’s Life in London.


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.


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