1837 in the United Kingdom
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Events from the year 1837 in the United Kingdom. This marks the beginning of the Victorian era.
- 11 January — The Royal Institute of British Architects in London (RIBA) is granted its royal charter.
- 13 February — Rowland Hill's government inquiry into postal reform discusses the idea of carrying letters in a separate sheet which folded to become an envelope and the idea of "a bit of paper" which could be affixed to a letter to flag that postage had been paid.
- March — A new city in the Australian colonies is named for Lord Melbourne, the Prime Minister.
- 1 March–31 May — At only 5.64 °C (42.15 °F) Central England temperature, the coolest English spring on record. This remains the last recorded coolest traditional season in the CET series.
- 1 June — The Government-funded Normal School of Design, predecessor of the Royal College of Art, begins classes at Somerset House in London.
- 3 June — The London Hippodrome opens in Bayswater.
- 12 June — Cooke and Wheatstone file their patent for the electrical telegraph.
- 20 June — William IV dies from heart failure at Windsor Castle with Queen Adelaide at his bedside. Due to none of his ten surviving children being legitimate, his 18-year-old niece, Princess Victoria of Kent, ascends the throne as Queen Victoria. At 6.00 a.m., Francis Conyngham, 2nd Marquess Conyngham (Lord Chamberlain) and William Howley (Archbishop of Canterbury) call on her at Kensington Palace to break the news. She will reign for more than 63 years. Under Salic law, the Kingdom of Hanover passes to William's brother, Ernest Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, ending the personal union of Britain and Hanover which has persisted since 1714.
- 30 June — The use of the pillory as a punishment is abolished by act of parliament.
- 1 July — General Register Office begins the practice of registering births, marriages and deaths in England and Wales.
- 3 July — Wills Act clarifies the procedure for making a valid will.
- 13 July — Queen Victoria moves from Kensington Palace into Buckingham Palace, the first reigning British monarch to make this, rather than St James's Palace, their London home.
- 19 July
- The Isambard Kingdom Brunel-designed steamship SS Great Western is launched in Bristol.
- The first missionaries sent abroad by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints land from the United States at Liverpool. On 30 July, apostle Heber C. Kimball baptises the first English converts (George D. Watt and 8 others) in the River Ribble near Preston, Lancashire.
- 20 July — Euston Station, London's first mainline railway terminus, is opened.
- 24 July–18 August — General election results in a Whig victory.
- 28 August — Lea & Perrins begin making Worcestershire sauce.
- 9 November — Stockbroker Moses Montefiore becomes the first Jew to receive a knighthood.
- 15 November — Isaac Pitman publishes Pitman Shorthand.
- Burglary, arson and "shooting at" cease to be capital crimes.
- Joseph Paxton designs the Great Conservatory or Stove at Chatsworth House; it is the world's largest glass building at this time.
- Richard Harris Barham's The Ingoldsby Legends 'by Thomas Ingoldsby' begin to appear in serial form in Bentley's Miscellany.
- Thomas Carlyle's book The French Revolution: A History.
- Charles Dickens' novel Oliver Twist appears in serial form in Bentley's Miscellany (from February).
- Martin Tupper's book Proverbial Philosophy.
- Andrew Ure's encyclopedia A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines.
- 7 February — James Murray, lexicographer (died 1915)
- 23 March — Charles Wyndham, actor and theatrical manager (died 1919)
- 5 April — Algernon Charles Swinburne, poet (died 1909)
- 7 April — Gilbert Arthur à Beckett, writer (died 1891)
- 28 May — George Ashlin, architect (died 1921)
- 14 November — Lucas Barrett, naturalist (died 1862)
- 23 November — Joseph Leycester Lyne, Anglican Benedictine abbot (died 1908)
- 20 January — John Soane, British architect (born 1753)
- 23 January — John Field, Irish composer (born 1782)
- 1 February — Edward Donovan, writer, traveller and amateur zoologist (born 1768)
- 19 February- Thomas Burgess author, philosopher and Bishop (born 1756)
- 31 March — John Constable, painter (born 1776)
- 31 May — Joseph Grimaldi, clown (born 1778)
- 20 June — William IV (born 1765)
- 7 December — Robert Nicoll, poet (born 1814)
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 261–263. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.
- van Dulken, Stephen (2001). Inventing the 19th Century. London: British Library. pp. 82–3. ISBN 0-7123-0881-4.
- "William IV (1765-1837)". History. BBC. Retrieved 2011-12-13.
- "Icons, a portrait of England 1820–1840". Archived from the original on 22 September 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-12.
- Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
- "History of the Church in the British Isles". The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 2013. Retrieved 2014-06-10.
- Some sources give 1838 as the year it was first marketed, e.g. "Worcester Sauce". BirminghamUK.com. Retrieved 2010-11-15.
- "Timeline of capital punishment in Britain". Retrieved 2011-02-02.
- Hitchcock, Henry-Russell (1977). Architecture: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 177. ISBN 0-14-056115-3.