Now a mainstay of the British social and sporting calendar, ‘The Boat Race’ has not always carried the same prestige. The 4.2-mile (6.8km) race has grown from small beginnings in 1829 and Thames-side crowds approaching 300,000 now gather to watch the annual event.
The opening of the Liverpool & Manchester Railway, which runs exclusively on steam power, is a key milestone in the industrial revolution.
Florence Nightingale leaves England, along with other trained volunteer nurses, to assist with caring for injured soldiers engaged in the Crimean War.
Charles Dickens publishes the first instalment of Great Expectations. The serialisation appears in the magazine All the Year Round.
The Clifton Suspension Bridge across the Bristol Avon is designed by William Henry Barlow and John Hawkshaw (based on an earlier design by Isambard Kingdom Brunel).
A 16-year old William Gilbert Grace makes his first foray into first-class cricket, representing the Gentlemen of the South against Players of the South in June.