February 10: Penny Red replaces Penny Black postage stamp
June 6: First full census in Britain in which all names were
Mail steamship to India
Civil Registration in Channel Islands started
Government report 'The Sanitary Condition of the Labouring Population'
Laws outlawing women and children in the mines
Illustrated London News appears.
First Christmas card in England
Brunel's 'Great Britain' launched
Disruption of the Church of Scotland – 474 ministers signed the Deed of
Demission and formed the Free Church of Scotland (the "Wee Free")
Factory safety regulations enacted
Outdoor Relief Prohibition Order – parish relief received only in a
Excise tax on glass production repealed
Potato famine in Ireland (to 1848) – temporary repeal of the Corn Laws
Tarmac laid for first time (in Nottingham)
First voyage of 'Great Britain' – to America
Royal Naval Biographical Dictionary published
Free Church of Scotland formed
An anaesthetic used for the first time in England
United Succession becomes the United Presbyterian Church
Ten Hours Act shortens factory work day to ten hours for women and
General revolutionary movement throughout the Continent
Rotary press first introduced
Public Health Act
Civil Registration of Births in Isle of Man started
Florin (2 shilling coin) introduced as the first step to decimalisation
– which finally occurred in 1971!
Telegraph cable Dover to Calais [others say 1851]
The paper bag arrives.