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.
January (10). A new national postal service with a universal rate, the penny post, begins. The first stamps go on sale a few months later.
January (14). Dickens attends an inquest at Marylebone workhouse into death of the infant child of a young maid, Eliza Burgess.
February (29, Saturday). Dickens, along with friends John Forster and Daniel Maclise, travel to Bath by coach, departing London at 9.30am and arriving in the evening just before 8pm, after a lunch stop at 2pm. The party stay over at the York House hotel.
March (2, Monday). In Bath.
March (3, Tuesday). In Bath.
March (4, Wednesday). Evening. Travels from Bath on an overnight coach to London, returning to the family home the following morning.
April. The Old Curiosity Shop is published weekly between April 1840 and February 1841.
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.