Rachel asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

what was going on in the 1800 In England?

what was going on in England in the 1800's? what wars and special events happened that was life altering to them? how was life then? And please give me dates of the beginning and end of everything. Please be as descriptive as possible.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Wasa ggoing to answer but looks lioke have good timeleine there.

    The main issues that affected life & politics in England in the earlier 1800's where:

    1) The Regency of Prince George of Wales (later George IV), whilst was offical from 1811, he had been effective regent since around 1800. This ear is called Regency, and gives names to furniture. He eventually became King in 1820 to 1830.

    2) The Napoleonic Wars were happening all over Europe - England was involved in these but more as a Naval power, and with the use of financial subsidies to others European states, such as Prussia, to help them fight with armies against France. The British oin the gropund only got involved in Spain c1809, and then later on at Waterloo. So this cost a lot of money.

    3) Part of Napoleons strategy to help defeat his enemies was a continential trade blockade that did not allow any non-French trade in or out of mainland Europe. This & the war in general had the affect of Britain falling behind the rst of europe in fashions, latest inovations, etc. So when people would come to visit they would note of the seemingly backwardsness of England.

    4) There was the US-Anglo war that ended in 1812 - between the British their old american colonies. In the end the British had to sign of peace treaty with USA in order to end the war as it was too costly, especially with the Napoleonic Wars.

    These are the main things (up to 1815) that dominated English life

  • Frosty
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    1 decade ago

    THE 19th CENTURY


    The first census is held

    Another Act of Union joins Ireland to England and Scotland

    1805 The battle of Trafalgar

    1807 The slave trade is abolished

    1811 Prince George become Prince Regent as his father is insane


    The Prime Minister Spencer Perceval is shot by John Bellingham

    Charles Dickens is born

    1813 The Duke of Wellington defeats the French army at the battle of Vitoria in Spain


    The battle of Waterloo

    Humphrey Davy invents the miners safety lamp, which saves many lives

    1817 Jane Austen dies

    1818 Queen Charlotte dies


    The Peterloo Massacre. Cavalry charge unarmed people holding a meeting on St Peter's Fields at Manchester. Eleven people are killed.

    Sir Stanford Raffles founds Singapore

    1820 George III dies. George IV becomes king.

    1821 John Constable paints The Haywain

    1824 Lord Byron dies

    1825 The world's first public passenger railway opens (The Stockton and Darlington railway).


    The Catholic Emancipation Act gives Catholics civil rights

    Sir Robert Peel forms the first modern police force (hence their nicknames 'bobbies' or 'peelers')

    1830 George IV dies. William IV becomes king.


    The Great Reform Act is passed. Seats in parliament are distributed more fairly and the middle class are given the vote.

    The writer Lewis Carroll is born

    1833 Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire


    Bull baiting is banned. This 'sport' consisted of chaining a bull to a post then using trained dogs to attack it.

    1837 William IV dies. Victoria becomes queen.


    The penny black stamp is introduced.

    The writer Thomas Hardy is born.

    Queen Victoria marries Albert

    1842 A new law bans women and children from working underground in mines

    1843 Charles Dickens publishes A Christmas Carol

    The first Christmas card goes on sale

    To read a history of Christmas click here.


    A new law bans women and children from working more than 10 hours a day

    Charlotte Bronte publishes Jane Eyre

    1848 There are Cholera epidemics in British towns. The Health Act is passed.

    1851 The Great Exhibition is held in London

    1854-1856 The Crimean War. Britain and France defeat the Russians.

    1856 Henry Bessemer invents a way of converting pig iron to steel

    1857-58 The Indian Mutiny takes place

    1859 Darwin publishes The Origin of Species. It outlines his theory of evolution.

    To read a brief biography of Darwin click here.

    1860 HMS Warrior, Britain's first iron warship is launched

    1861 Prince Albert dies.

    1863 The first (steam driven) underground train in London


    Joseph Lister invents antiseptic surgery

    To read a history of Surgery click here.

    Lewis Carroll publishes Alices's Adventures in Wonderland

    1867 The second Reform Act increases the number of people allowed to vote


    First Trades Union Congress

    The last public execution is carried out in England

    1869 Richard Blackmore publishes Lorna Doone


    Education Act to provide state education for all.

    Charles Dickens dies

    1871 The Bank Holiday Act is passed. (For most working class people bank holidays are their only paid holidays).


    The secret ballot is introduced

    The second Public Health Act is passed.

    1874 The writer G K Chesterton is born


    A law bans the practice of sending small boys up chimneys to clean them. From now on you have to be over 21 to clean a chimney that way.

    The third Public Health Act is passed. Conditions in towns and cities are slowly getting better. In the 1870s and 1880s networks of sewers are dug and water pipes are laid. Gas light becomes common even in the poorest homes.

    Captain Matthew Webb swims the English Channel

    1877 Researches on the effect of light upon bacteria and other organisms are made by Arthur Downsend and Thomas P. Blunt

    1878 The Salvation Army is founded

    1884 The 3rd reform act gives more men the vote

    1888 Girls who make match boxes successfully strike


    Gas workers successfully strike

    London dockworkers successfully strike. For the first time unskilled workers are forming successful trade unions.

    1890 The first electric underground trains run in London

    1898 Lewis Carroll dies

    1899-1902 The Boer War

    This link is to the site for everyday life in the 1800s


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