Eyewitness to nineteenth century British history
Want to know what life was really like in Georgian and Victorian Britain? First-hand accounts from the 19th century can give you a real feel for history. Find out what eyewitnesses experienced.
A murderer is hanged at Lewes jail, 1881 The Daily Telegraph's special reporter witnesses the execution of Victorian railway murderer Percy Lefroy.
Charles Dickens survives a train crash, 1865 The Victorian novelist recounts his narrow escape from death in the Staplehurst rail disaster.
On a pub crawl with Karl Marx, 1850s As an exile in London, the political economist and communist theoretician managed a 19th century social life that would not look out of place today.
Charlotte Bronte visits the Great Exhibition, 1851 But was she impressed? Find out what she thought of the Crystal Palace erected at Hyde Park.
Police foil a Chartist uprising, 1848 With no democratic route for their political cause, some Chartists turned to guns and pikes to effect change. But a police raid caught them at the last minute.
Inside the offices of the Anti Corn Law League, 1843 The 19th century campaign for free trade was well resourced and well run. A visitor to the League's offices experienced the buzz.
Hanging as popular entertainment, mid-19th century A public hanging was cause for a day out, with food, drink and tabloid-style broadsheets to commemorate the event.
Children's work in a Warrington pin factory, 1842 Children as young as 10 were expected to earn their living. Here, the young workers, their mothers and the authorities give their perspective.
London's climate and the English temperament, 1839 Cold, wet and thick with the smoke of Victorian industry, the capital was an univiting place for French visitor Flora Tristan.
Charles Darwin and the voyage of the Beagle, 1831-36 The naturalist's journeys provided material for an entire career and the development of a theory of evolution and natural selection.
The Peterloo Massacre, 1819 Samuel Bamford was one of the lucky survivors when the Manchester militia cut down radical protestors at St Peter's Fields.
Battle of Waterloo, 1815 Captain Gronow of the Grenadier Guards describes the battle that finally ended the career of Napoleon Bonaparte and brought peace to Europe.
An operation without anaesthetic, 1811 Fanny Burney recounts the horrors of major surgery in an era before pain control.
The death of Nelson at Trafalgar, 1805 HMS Victory's ship's surgeon, Dr William Beatty recalls the death of Britain's naval hero in battle against the French.
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Specialist and local records offices in England and Wales
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Local and family history societies
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