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  • 1839 A.D.

    The Railway Revolution

    Read More The railways saved York from stagnation. 
    Rail travel was still in its infancy when the first train left York in 1839.

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  • 1837 A.D.

    Queen Victoria

    Read More Queen Victoria becomes queen aged 18 after the death of William IV.

  • 1837 A.D.

    Oliver Asks For More

    Read More Charles Dicken's ‘Oliver Twist’ was published in monthly instalments over two years, beginning in February 1837.  As well as being a great story, it drew attention to the dreadful conditions in Victorian workhouses.

  • 1846 A.D.

    The Irish Famine

    Read More Between 1846 and 1851 about one million people died from starvation and disease as a result of failures in the potato crop.  A further two million emigrated.  At the time Ireland was ruled by the British government, which offered little help in the disaster.

  • 1859 A.D.

    Origin of the Species Published

    Read More Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ was published in November 1859, containing the ground-breaking idea of evolution through natural selection.  The theory was a source of great popular interest and debate before becoming accepted as scientific fact.

  • 1880 A.D.

    Education for all

    Read More Education becomes compulsory for children under the age of ten.

  • 1901 A.D.

    Queen Victoria dies

    Read More Queen Victoria dies and is succeeded by Edward VII.