The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1853, 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 (13, Thursday). Dickens attends a literary and artistic banquet, held in Birmingham.
  • April (20, Wednesday). Dickens attends a dinner at Devonshire House (London), hosted by the Duke of Devonshire, to support the Guild of Literature and Art.
  • June (16, Thursday). Puts on a benefit performance in support of the actress Miss Kelly’s (held at St. James’s Theatre ??).
  • Dickens tours Italy.
October. Outbreak of the Crimean War, initially between Russia and Turkey.