The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1856, 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.
March (30). The Treaty of Paris is signed, marking the end of the Crimean War.
- Dickens works with Wilkie Collins on The Frozen Deep.
- February (8, Friday). In the morning attends meeting of the General Theatrical Fund. Afternoon visits Urania Cottage. Evening visits Adelphi Theatre.
- March (9). Returns to London and visits the ruins of the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, destroyed by fire four days earlier.
- March (13,Thursday). Dickens and guests watch a performance of Still Waters Run Deep at the Olympic Theatre as guests of proprietors, the Wigan family.
- March (14, Friday). Dickens purchases Gad’s Hill Place, near Rochester in Kent.
- March (15). Arrives in Dover for an extended stay.
- May (23) Leaves Dover.
- December (6). The Wreck of the Golden Mary is published in the Christmas edition of Household Words.