The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1838, as we come across them in letters, newspaper articles and other research. We have also included some key contemporary events that occurred in society.

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.



June (28). Coronation of Queen Victoria.
  • September. Dickens and family holiday on the Isle of Wight, passing through Portsmouth en-route.
September (17). London to Birmingham line opens and the railway boom begins.