Wisbech & Fenland Museum


1812 - Born on Friday, 7 th February at Landport, a suburb of Portsmouth

1824 - Father arrested for debt and imprisoned in the Marshalsea with family.

1824 - CD put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory

1833 - “A Dinner at Poplar Walk” published in the Monthly Magazine

1834 - Becomes reporter on the Morning Chronicle. Adopts pen name Boz

1836 - Sketches by Boz, published. Marries Catherine Hogarth

1837 - The Pickwick Papers published. Birth of a son, the first of ten children

1838 - Oliver Twist published. Visits Yorkshire schools of Dotheboys Hall type

Dickens painted by D. Maclise. A.R.A
Engraved by Finden


Dickens, c.1870

1839 - Nicholas Nickleby published

1841 - The Old Curiosity Shop and Barnaby Rudge published

1842 - First visit to North America, described in American Notes

1843 - A Christmas Carol published

1844 - Martin Chuzzlewit published

1848 - Dombey and Son published

1850 - David Copperfield published

1853 - Bleak House published. First public readings from A Christmas Carol

1857 - Little Dorrit published. CD falls in love with Ellen Ternan

1859 - A Tale of Two Cities serialized in All The Year Round

1861 - Great Expectations published in three volumes

1865 - Our Mutual Friend published. CD in Staplehurst, Kent train crash

1870 - The Mystery of Edwin Drood issued in 6 monthly parts (was to be 12)

9 th June 1870 - Dies, after collapse at Gad’s Hill Place. Aged 58