The following is a detailed timeline we are compiling of the movements of the life of the Victorian writer Charles Dickens during the year 1866, 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.



  • Dickens undertakes a three-month national reading tour.
  • May (16). Aberdeen. Dickens gives reading in the Music Hall, Aberdeen.
  • December (26). Gads Hills. Dickens holds a sports day for local people from the Chatham area at Gads Hill and meadow behind the property. Games held including three-legged races, sack races, hurdles etc. for prizes. Two tents are put up.