Victorian time dating
1851—First telegraph cable laid across the English Channel. Half of population of Great Britain lives in cities. Last duel fought in England at Priest Hill, Surrey (duels had been outlawed in 1840s). 1854—Florence Nightingale goes to Crimea and organizes nursing during the war. 1837—Victoria succeeds uncle, William IV, at age 18. 1837–67—Construction of neo-Gothic Houses of Parliament. 1840—Victoria marries first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, will have nine children.
1850—First British Public Library Act, permitting the establishment of public libraries. Invention of instantaneous photography by William Fox Talbot. London population grows from 1.1 million in 1801 to 2.7 million; reaches 6.6 million in 1901. In the Victorian era, men’s daily dress was more formal than it is today. Men also wore their collars highly-starched with neckties and elaborate cravats during the earlier part of the century, and by the late 1860s, string-style cravats that were more narrow emerged. What to look for: Lighter-colored trousers and black coats. Lounge suits continued to trend well into the 1890s with trousers sporting creases down the front. Cuffed trousers were also fashionable during the early 1900s. This was especially true in the 1840s when men’s clothing offered tightly tailored coats and trousers. What to look for: Single-breasted, semi-fitted coats falling to mid-thigh. Older gentlemen still wore frock coats, but younger conservative men would sometimes do so, as well. Manners dictated every faction of life to an almost laughable degree— from when it was acceptable to smoke to the protocol for sending out invitations.Oh, and by the way: it was illegal to celebrate a marriage after noon.