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.


January. Gives charity readings at the British Embassy in Paris.

January,10. First section of the London Underground Railway opens to the public (Paddington to Farringdon Street).

February, 7. Charles Dickens’s 51st birthday.

June. Gives public readings in London.

June,1. Buxton (Derbyshire, England) station was opened by the Midland Railway.

October, 26. The Football Association is founded at the Freemasons’ Tavern in Long Acre, London.

December (31). His son, Walter, dies in Calcutta, India.

(?) Dickens’ mother, Elizabeth, dies.

(?) Dickens reconciles his friendship with William Makepeace Thackeray at the Athenaeum club.

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.