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.
May 5 (Sunday). Charles Dickens, along with friend Jacob Bell (founder of the Pharmaceutical Society), visit an East-End (London) workhouse. The visit will form the basis of the article A Walk in the Workhouse published later that month.
August 16. Dickens’s ninth child, Dora Annie Dickens, is born.
August 29. Newcastle Railway Station is officially opened in a ceremony attended by Queen Victoria.
November 18 (Monday). Dickens stages amateur theatricals at Knebworth House.
November 19 (Tuesday). Dickens stages amateur theatricals at Knebworth House.
November 20 (Wednesday). Dickens stages amateur theatricals at Knebworth House.
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.