Book - 1852
Good condition set of four.
17 January — United Kingdom recognises the independence of the Transvaal.
5 February — Holmfirth Flood caused by collapse of the embankment at Bilberry reservoir in the West Riding of Yorkshire: 81 killed.
11 February — The first British public toilet for women opens in Bedford Street, London.
14 February — Great Ormond Street Hospital in London admits its first patient.
21 February — Earl Russell resigns as Prime Minister after his Militia Bill is amended.
23 February — The Earl of Derby forms a minority Protectionist Conservative government.
27 February — Lord Derby appoints Benjamin Disraeli as Chancellor of the Exchequer.
1 March — Archibald William Montgomerie, 13th Earl of Eglinton is appointed Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
1 April — Start of the Second Burmese War.
April — Samuel Orchart Beeton begins publication of The Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, the first for women.
May — The Museum of Manufactures, predecessor of the Victoria and Albert Museum, is opened in London, initially at Marlborough House.
21 June — Trial of Cardinal John Henry Newman for the defamation of Giacinto Achilli opens in London. Newman is convicted on 25 June.
29 June — Protestant-Catholic riots in Stockport.
30 June — Colony of New Zealand granted its first representative government.
7–31 July — General election: Lord Derby retains power.
1 October — Patent Law Amendment Act comes into effect, merging the English, Scottish and Irish patent systems.
14 October — Great Northern Railway opens London King's Cross station, the largest in Europe at this time.
19 October — The last fatal duel on English soil takes place on Priest Hill, between Englefield Green and Old Windsor, between two French refugees, Cournet and Barthelemy, the former being killed.
11 November — New Palace of Westminster opens in London.
17 December — Earl of Derby resigns as Prime Minister, following the defeat of his budget.
28 December — Earl of Aberdeen becomes Prime Minister, leading a Whig-Peelite coalition.