Victorian Era Timeline

3 Jan 1892
Birth of J.R.R. Tolkien
1850
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
1867
Restoration of Gloucester Cathedral under Sir George Gilbert Scott
1898
Christopher Whall creates stained glass windows for Gloucester Cathedral
1889
Major restorations of Thame Church by J.O. Scott.
9 Jun 1870
Death of Charles Dickens in Kent, England
1822
Charles Dickens living and working in London
1824
The father of Charles Dickens is sent to prison for debt and Charles is withdrawn from school to work in a factory. This experience will inform many of his writings about the plight of the working class. Images of prison and of a lost, oppressed, or bewil
1834
Charles Dickens is working as a journalist for the Liberal Benthamite Morning Chronicle, an experience that greatly affects his political outlook.
1832
Drawn to the theater, a young Charles Dickens nearly becomes a professional actor. Later in life, he will satisfy his passion for performing with hundreds of animated public readings of his own books.
1833
Charles Dickens begins to contribute stories and essays to magazines and newspapers.
1836
Charles Dickens writes two plays and a pamphlet arguing that the poor should be allowed to enjoy the Sabbath.
1836
Dickens resigns from newspaper job to edit Bentley's Miscellany
1837
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
1838
Charles Dickens publishes Nicholas Nickleby in 20 serial installments.
1840
Charles Dickens publishes The Old Curiosity Shop in short weekly installments.
1841
Charles Dickens publishes Barnaby Rudge in short weekly installments.
1841
Charles Dickens vacations in America; is received as celebrity
1843
While working on Martin Chuzzlewit, Charles Dickens writes A Christmas Carol on the side in just a few weeks. It is published the same year and becomes one of his most popular and beloved works.
1844
In the New Spirit of the Age, R.H. Horne describes Charles Dickens as "in private, very much what might be expected from his works.... His conversation is genial.... [He] has singular personal activity, and is fond of games of practical skill. He is als
1849
David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
1852
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
1854
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
1855
Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
Apr 1858
Charles Dickens begins performing paid readings of his works, especially A Christmas Carol. An enthusiastic and skilled performer, he will give some 470 such readings over the next decade.
1867
Charles Dickens brings reading tour to America
1859
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
1860
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
1864
Charles Dickens publishes Our Mutual Friend.
20 Jun 1837
Victoria Becomes Queen
24 May 1899
The state apartments at Kensington Palace in London open to the public.
19 Apr 1882
Death of Charles Darwin
1866
Blue Plaque scheme created
6 Jun 1844
George Williams founds the YMCA (Young Men's Christian Association) in London.
1859
Publication of On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin
27 Dec 1831
HMS Beagle sets sail from Plymouth, England
Jan 1832
In Cape Verde, Charles Darwin observes oyster shells in rocks
2 Oct 1836
HMS Beagle returns to England
29 Apr 1836
Charles Darwin tours Mauritius on an elephant
15 Sep 1835
Charles Darwin collects specimens in the Galapagos Islands
31 May 1836
Charles Darwin in Cape Town; meets Sir John Herschel
1839
Charles Darwin weds first cousin Emma Wedgwood
1844
Darwin requests posthumous publication of Origin of Species
1874
Charles Darwin and George Eliot attend a seance; Darwin not impressed
1869
Thomas Huxley coins the term "agnostic."
26 Apr 1882
Burial of Charles Darwin in Westminster Abbey