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.


1867.

January, 15 (Tuesday). Regent’s Park Lake Tragedy. At least forty people were killed when the ice-covered lake in Regent’s Park collapsed, plunging hundreds of people into the freezing water below.

January, 17 – May, 14. Dickens undertakes a new series of 50 provincial readings, starting at Liverpool.

January, 17 (Thursday). Gives readings at Liverpool. Stays at the Aldephi Hotel.

January, 18 (Friday). Gives readings at Liverpool. Stays at the Aldephi Hotel.

January, 19 (Saturday). Gives readings at Liverpool. Stays at the Aldephi Hotel.

January, 22 (Tuesday). Chester. Gives reading at the Music Hall at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

January, 25 (Friday). Leicester. Gives an evening reading at the Temperance Hall at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

January, 26 (Saturday). Takes the 09.35 Midland express train from Leicester to London. Dickens is so horrified at the furious motion of the train that he disembarked at Bedford. Takes a slow train to continue his journey. Subsequently writes a letter to The Times about the experience (published on 29 January).

January, 31 (Thursday). Leeds. First of two nights of readings in Leeds, held at the Music Hall at 8pm. Dickens reads Barbox Brothers and The Boy at Mugby.

February, 1 (Friday). Leeds. Second of two nights of readings in Leeds, held at the Music Hall at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

February, 8 (Friday). First of two readings in Bath, held in the evening at the Assembly Rooms.

February, 9 (Saturday). Second of two readings in Bath, held in the morning at the Assembly Rooms.

February, 11 (Sunday). Fenians attempt to seize Chester Castle.

February, 13 (Wednesday). Gives a reading at the Town Hall in Birmingham. Reads from A Christmas Carol and The Boy at Mugby.

February, 14 (Thursday). Liverpool. Dickens returns to Liverpool, with the first of two nights of readings, held at St. George’s Hall at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

February, 15 (Friday). Liverpool. Second of two nights of readings in Liverpool, held at St. George’s Hall at 8pm. Dickens reads Barbox Brothers and The Boy at Mugby.

March, 4 (Monday). First of two nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

March, 5 (Tuesday). Fenian Rising in Ireland.

March, 5 (Tuesday). Second of two nightly readings in Newcastle, held at the Music Hall. Dickens reads from A Christmas Carol and also ‘Bob Sawyer’s Party’ from The Pickwick Papers.

March, 14 (Thursday). Takes a 2pm ferry from Holyhead to Dublin. Stays at the Shelbourne Hotel in the city.

March, 15 (Friday). Dublin.

March, 15. The ‘Conference of Trades’ first meets; later forming the nucleus of the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

March, 16 (Saturday). Dublin.

March, 17 (Sunday). Dublin.

March, 21 (Thursday). Belfast.

March, 28 (Thursday). Cambridge. Gives one performance in the town, at the Guildhall, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

March, 29. Norwich. Gives one performance in the city, at St. Andrew’s Hall, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

April, 1. Dickens in London.

April, 1. Singapore becomes a British crown colony..

April, 3 (Wednesday). Gloucester. Gives an evening reading at the city’s Theatre Royal, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

April, 4 (Thursday). Swansea.

April, 5 (Friday). Cheltenham. Gives an evening reading at the town’s Assembly Rooms, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

April, 6 (Saturday). Cheltenham. Gives a second performance in the town, again at the town’s Assembly Rooms, starting at 2.30pm. Dickens reads A Christmas Carol.

April, 10 (Wednesday). Worcester. Gives an evening reading at the city’s Music Hall, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

April, 11 (Thursday). Hereford. Gives an evening reading at the city’s Shire Hall, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

April (12, Friday). Clifton. Gives a performance in the town, at the Victoria Rooms, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also Bob Sawyer’s Party from The Pickwick Papers.

April, 25 (Thursday). Preston. Gives an evening reading at the town’s Theatre Royal, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

April, 26 (Friday). Blackburn. Gives an evening reading at the Town Halll, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

May, 1 (Thursday). Hanley, Staffordshire. Gives an evening reading at the town’s Mechanics’ Hall, starting at 8pm. Dickens reads Doctor Marigold and also the trial scene from The Pickwick Papers.

May, 14. Dickens ends his reading tour after suffering from pain and swelling in his left foot.

May, 20. Queen Victoria.lays the foundation stone of the Royal Albert Hall in London.

June, 5. Gives a speech in support of Ninth Anniversary Festival of the Railway Benevolent Society, held at the Willis’s Rooms, London.

August, 15.The Reform Act of 1867 gains Royal assent. It enfranchises many urban working men.

September, 18 (Wednesday). Dickens chairs a meeting of the Printers’ Readers, held at the Salisbury Hotel, London.

September, 18 (Wednesday). The Manchester Outrages. Police Sergeant Charles Brett is murdered In Gorton by members of the Irish Republican Brotherhood whilst transporting two arrested leaders of the group. He becomes the first Manchester City Police officer to be killed on duty (see also 23 November).

September, 24-28. First Lambeth Conference held.

October, 18. Alaska was formally transferred to the United States after being sold by the Russian Empire for the cost of $7.2 million.

November, 2. Dinner held for Charles Dickens at the Freemasons’ Tavern to celebrate his second visit to America.

November, 6 (Wednesday). The National Society for Women’s Suffrage, the first such national campaigning group, is formed by Lydia Becker.

November, 8 (Friday). Dickens leaves London, getting a 10am express train for Liverpool, accompanied by his eldest son and several close friends.

November, 8 (Friday). An underground explosion at the Ferndale Colliery in the Rhondda valley, Wales, kills 178 miners.

November, 9. Dickens tours America for the second time, sailing for Boston from Liverpool, departing at noon.

November, 19. Arrives in Boston.

November, 23. Three men are hanged in Salford for the murder of a policeman whilst attempting to release two leaders of the Irish Republican Brotherhood from custody (see 18 September).

December, 2/3/5/6. Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.

December, 7. Travels from Boston to New York.

December, 9/10/12/13/16/17/19/20. Dickens gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.

December, 13. An explosion at Clerkenwell Prison during a Fenian escape attempt kills 12 local residents.

December, 21. Travels from New York to Boston.

December, 23/24. Gives readings at the Tremont Temple, Boston.

December, 25. Dickens travels by rail from Boston to New York.

December, 26/27/28/30/31. Dickens gives readings at the Steinway Hall, New York.

December, 26. In England, No Thoroughfare by Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins, opens at Adelphi Theatre.


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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