1832 in the United Kingdom
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- Monarch – William IV
- Prime Minister – Charles Grey, 2nd Earl Grey (Whig)
- Parliament – 10th (until 3 December)
- 12 February – second cholera pandemic begins to spread in London, starting from East London. It is declared officially over in early May but deaths continue. It will claim at least 3000 victims. In Liverpool, Kitty Wilkinson becomes the "Saint of the Slums" by promoting hygiene.
- 4 June – the Great Reform Act becomes law, extending suffrage to all upper middle class men, and abolishing the rotten boroughs. Similar legislation is passed for Scotland (the Scottish Reform Act) and Ireland (An Act to Amend the Representation of the People of Ireland, the Irish Reform Act).
- 4 July – University of Durham founded by Act of Parliament
- 16 July – "The Bad Day": 31 sixareens, the traditional fishing craft of Shetland, are lost in a storm with 105 crew.
- 19 July – Anatomy Act provides for licensing and inspection of anatomists, and for unclaimed bodies from public institutions to be available for their dissection.
- 1 August – Prescription Act reforms the law related to easements.
- 7 August – William Howley, Archbishop of Canterbury, has his coach attacked by an angry mob on his first official visit to Canterbury because of his opposition to the Great Reform Act.
- 11–14 August – the body of James Cook, a bookbinder executed the previous day for the murder of his creditor Paas, is hung in irons on a gibbet in Leicester, the last time this practice is carried out.
- 1 September – reformer Joseph Livesey draws up the first public pledge of teetotalism in Preston, Lancashire.
- 8 December–8 January 1833 – general election, the first under the new system of voting, gives the Whigs a decisive majority.
- Dr James Kay's study The moral and physical condition of the working-class employed in the cotton manufacture on Manchester.
- Walter Scott's novels Count Robert of Paris and Castle Dangerous.
- 16 January – Sister Dora, born Dorothy Pattison, Anglican nun and nurse (died 1878)
- 27 January – Lewis Carroll, born Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, children's author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and portrait photographer (died 1898)
- 12 March – Charles Boycott, land agent, origin of the word "boycott" (died 1897)
- 14 May – Charles Peace, criminal (hanged 1879)
- 17 June – Sir William Crookes, chemist and physicist (died 1919)
- 30 September – Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, field marshal (died 1914)
- 2 October – Edward Burnett Tylor, anthropologist (died 1917)
- 28 November – Leslie Stephen, writer and critic (died 1904)
- Full date unknown – Boston Corbett, Union Army soldier who shot and killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth (died 1894)
- 13 January – Thomas Lord, cricketer and founder of Lord's Cricket Ground (born 1755)
- 27 January – Andrew Bell, educationist and priest (born 1753)
- 10 March – Muzio Clementi, Roman pianist, composer and piano manufacturer (born 1752)
- 6 June – Jeremy Bentham, philosopher (born 1748)
- 23 June – Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet, geologist (born 1761)
- 21 September – Sir Walter Scott, Scottish historical novelist and poet (born 1771)
- "'Slum Saint' honoured with statue". BBC News. 4 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
- Rathbone, Herbert R. (1927), Memoir of Kitty Wilkinson of Liverpool, 1786–1860, H. Young & Sons
- "Icons, a portrait of England 1820–1840". Archived from the original on 22 September 2007. Retrieved 12 September 2007.
- "Notable Dates in History – From the Scottish Reform Bill (1832) to the outbreak of the First World War (1914)". The Flag in the Wind. The Scots Independent. Archived from the original on 5 December 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
- The law journal for the year 1832–1949, Abridgment of statutes, X, E. B. Ince, 1832
- "Assault On His Grace The Archbishop Of Canterbury". The Times (14927). London. 10 August 1832. p. 3.
- Garrard, James (2004). Archbishop Howley 1828–1848. The Archbishops of Canterbury Series. Farnham: Ashgate. pp. 47–8. ISBN 978-1-4724-5133-0.
- "James Cook". The Newgate Calendar. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
- "Blue plaques in Preston". BBC. 2008. Retrieved 7 May 2013.
- Palmer, Alan; Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 257–258. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.