The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1849, 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.
- January (7). Sets off for a short holiday with Mark Lemon and John Leech, travelling to Norwich. Visits Norwich Cathedral and Stanfield Hall. The party then depart for Yarmouth, staying two days at the Royal Hotel.
- January (8). In Yarmouth. Walks to Lowestoft and back.
- January (9). Departs Yarmouth. Returns to London, via Cambridge.
- January (16). Dickens’s eighth child, Henry Fielding Dickens, is born.
- March (18, Monday). In the evening, Charles Dickens and Mark Lemon are victims of an attempted robbery whilst walking along Edgware Road. They give chase and manage to apprehend the culprit.
- March (19, Tuesday). Dickens and Mark Lemon attend Marylebone Police Court to hear the case of the attempted robbery the previous night.
- May. David Copperfield is published monthly between May 1849 and November 1850.
- June (16, Monday). Visits Isle of Wight. Agrees use of Winterbourne House in Bonchurch,. Writes from Shanklin to tell his daughter, Kate.
- July – October. The Dickens family spend three months in Bonchurch, Isle of Wight.
- November (13). Dickens attends the execution of the Mannings at Horsemonger Lane Gaol. Writes a strongly worded letter to The Times newspaper later that day.
- November (27). Dickens visits Rockingham Castle.
- December (27). Dickens resigns his membership of the Garrick Club (for a second time).