Book - 1847
Good condition set of three.
14 January – All thirteen members of the Point of Ayr life-boat crew are drowned when it capsizes off Rhyl.
5 March – An explosion at The Oaks in the Barnsley seam in Yorkshire kills 73.
5 April – The world's first civic public park, Birkenhead Park in Birkenhead, Merseyside is opened.
25 April – The brig Exmouth carrying emigrants from Derry bound for Quebec is wrecked off Islay with only three survivors from more than 250 on board.
May – The Architectural Association School of Architecture is founded in London.
24 May – The Dee bridge disaster: a cast iron girder bridge across the river Dee at Chester, designed by Robert Stephenson for the Chester and Holyhead Railway, collapses under a Shrewsbury and Chester Railway train with five fatalities.
June – E.H. Booth & Co. Ltd, which becomes the Northern England supermarket chain Booths, is founded when 19-year-old tea dealer Edwin Henry Booth opens a shop called "The China House" in Blackpool.
8 June – Factory Act establishes a maximum 10-hour working day for women, and for boys aged 13–18.
1 July – Publication of Reports of the Commissioners of Enquiry into the state of Education in Wales containing opinions hostile to Welsh culture, hence known in Wales as the "Treachery of the Blue Books".
9 August – The Whig Party under Lord John Russell wins the general election.
16 September William Shakespeare's birthplace in Stratford-upon-Avon (pictured) is bought by the United Shakespeare Company for preservation. The Band of Hope is established to promote teetotalism among young people by Rev. Jabez Tunnicliff in Leeds.
30 September – The Vegetarian Society is formed. It remains the oldest in the world. November – Henry Francis Lyte writes the hymn Abide with Me at Brixham.
4–8 November – James Young Simpson discovers the anaesthetic properties of chloroform and first uses it, successfully, on a patient, in an obstetric case in Edinburgh.