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.


1852.

January, 3 (Saturday). 93rd edition of Household Words is published.

January, 10 (Saturday). 94th edition of Household Words is published.

January, 17 (Saturday). 95th edition of Household Words is published.

January, 24 (Saturday). 96th edition of Household Words is published.

January, 31 (Saturday). 97th edition of Household Words is published.

February, 3. The new chamber of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom in the Palace of Westminster, designed by Charles Barry and Augustus Pugin, is opened.

February, 5. A collapse of the Bilberry reservoir kills 81 people in the Holme Valley, West Yorkshire.

February, 7 (Saturday). Charles Dickens’s 40th birthday.

February, 7 (Saturday). 98th edition of Household Words is published.

February, 13 (Friday). Appears at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, giving amateur performances in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

February, 14 (Saturday). 99th edition of Household Words is published.

February, 14 (Saturday). Appears at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, giving amateur performances in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

February, 14. Great Ormond Street Hospital opens in London.

February, 21 (Saturday). 100th edition of Household Words is published.

February, 28 (Saturday). 101st edition of Household Words is published.

March. Part I (1) of Bleak House is published as a monthly installment (chapters 1-4). It will continue to be published monthly until September 1853.

March, 6 (Saturday). 102nd edition of Household Words is published.

March, 13 (Saturday). 103rd edition of Household Words is published. It includes the article A Sleep To Startle Us.

March, 13 (Saturday). Dickens’s tenth child, Edward Bulwer Lytton (or “Plorn”), is born.

March, 20 (Saturday). 104th edition of Household Words is published.

March, 27 (Saturday). 105th edition of Household Words is published.

April. Part II (2) of Bleak House is published (chapters 5-7).

April, 3. (Saturday). 106th edition of Household Words is published. It includes the article Drooping Buds.

April, 10. (Saturday). 107th edition of Household Words is published.

April, 17. (Saturday). 108th edition of Household Words is published.

April, 24. (Saturday). 109th edition of Household Words is published.

April. Part II (2) of Bleak House is published (chapters 5-7).

May, 1. (Saturday). 110th edition of Household Words is published.

May, 8. (Saturday). 111th edition of Household Words is published.

May (12, Wednesday). Birmingham. Gives amateur performance at the Town Hall in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

May (13, Thursday). Birmingham. Gives amateur performance at the Town Hall in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

May, 15. (Saturday). 112th edition of Household Words is published.

May (17, Monday). Shrewsbury. Gives amateur performance at the Music Hall  in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

May, 22. (Saturday). 113th edition of Household Words is published.

May, 29. (Saturday). 114th edition of Household Words is published.

June. Part IV (4) of Bleak House is published (chapters 11-13).

June, 5. (Saturday). 115th edition of Household Words is published.

June, 12. (Saturday). 116th edition of Household Words is published.

June, 19. (Saturday). 117th edition of Household Words is published.

June, 26. (Saturday). 118th edition of Household Words is published.

July. Part V (5) of Bleak House is published (chapters 14-16).

July – October. Rents property over the Summer at Camden Crescent, Dover. The stay is interrupted by a tour with amateur players, taking in London, Nottingham, Derby, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Sunderland, Sheffield, Manchester and Liverpool in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

July, 3. (Saturday). 119th edition of Household Words is published.

July, 9 (Friday).  Writes from Tavistock House to the Governors of the Foundling Hospital aiming to secure a position for Georgiana Morson, matron of Urania Cottage.

July, 10. (Saturday). 120th edition of Household Words is published.

July, 10. (Saturday). 121st edition of Household Words is published.

July, 10. (Saturday). 122nd edition of Household Words is published.

July, 31. (Saturday). 123rd edition of Household Words is published.

August. Part VI (6) of Bleak House is published (chapters 17-19).

August, 7. (Saturday). 124th edition of Household Words is published.

August, 14. (Saturday). 125th edition of Household Words is published.

August, 21. (Saturday). 126th edition of Household Words is published.

August, 26 (Thursday). Derby. Gives amateur performance at the Mechanics’ Institute Lecture Hall in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art. Stays at the Royal Hotel.

August, 28. (Saturday). 127th edition of Household Words is published.

August, 28 (Saturday). Sunderland. Gives amateur performance in the Concert Hall of the Lyceum, Lambton Street at 7pm in aid of the Guild of Literature and Art.

August, 30 (Tuesday). Manchester. Banquet held for Dickens and his amateur players, held at the Athenaeum.

September. Part VII (7) of Bleak House is published (chapters 20-22).

September, 3. Appears at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

September, 4. (Saturday). 128th edition of Household Words is published.

September, 11. (Saturday). 129th edition of Household Words is published.

September, 18. (Saturday). 130th edition of Household Words is published.

September, 25. (Saturday). 131st edition of Household Words is published.

October. Part VIII (8) of Bleak House is published (chapters 23-25).

October. Dickens leaves Dover for Boulogne in France.

October, 2. (Saturday). 132nd edition of Household Words is published.

October, 9. (Saturday). 133rd edition of Household Words is published.

October, 14. (Friday). The Great Northern Railway opens its new London terminus at King’s Cross, at the time the largest station in Europe.

October, 16. (Saturday). 134th edition of Household Words is published.

October, 23. (Saturday). 135th edition of Household Words is published.

October, 30. (Saturday). 136th edition of Household Words is published.

November. Part IX (9) of Bleak House is published (chapters 26-29).

November, 6. (Saturday). 137th edition of Household Words is published.

November, 13. (Saturday). 138th edition of Household Words is published.

November, 20. (Saturday). 139th edition of Household Words is published.

November, 27. (Saturday). 140th edition of Household Words is published.

December. Part X (10) of Bleak House is published (chapters 30-32).

December, 4. (Saturday). 141st edition of Household Words is published.

December, 11. (Saturday). 142nd edition of Household Words is published.

December, 18. (Saturday). 143rd edition of Household Words is published.

December, 25. (Saturday). 144th edition of Household Words is published.

December, 28. The Earl of Aberdeen becomes Prime Minister, leading a Whig-Peelite coalition.


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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