Book - 1848
Good condition set of three.
2 February – John Henry Newman founds the first Oratory in the English-speaking world when he establishes the Birmingham Oratory at 'Maryvale', Old Oscott.
15 February – The Caledonian Railway is opened throughout between Edinburgh, Carstairs and Carlisle, completing a through rail route from London by the West Coast Main Line and providing the first service of through carriages between Scotland and England.
24 February – Amid a revolt, French King Louis-Philippe abdicates and escapes to England.
10 April – A 'Monster' Chartist rally is held in Kennington Park, London, headed by Feargus O'Connor. A petition demanding the franchise is presented to Parliament.
22 April – Treason Felony Act passed, reducing certain categories of capital high treason to felony punishable by penal transportation.
30 May – The Prudential Mutual Assurance Investment and Loan Association is established at Hatton Garden in London to provide loans to professional and working people.
July – Great Famine (Ireland): Potato blight has returned and outbreaks of cholera are reported. Famine victims on outdoor relief peak this month at almost 840,000 people.
July – Public Health Act establishes Boards of Health across England and Wales.
11 July – London Waterloo station opens.
26 July – Matale Rebellion against British rule in Sri Lanka.
29 July – Young Irelander Rebellion at Ballingarry in County Tipperary is broken up by the Irish Constabulary.
19 August – Moray Firth fishing disaster: 100 fishermen lose their lives in a severe storm off the east coast of Scotland.
24 August – The U.S. barque Ocean Monarch is burnt out off the Great Orme, North Wales, with the loss of 178, chiefly emigrants.
16 September – William Lassell independently co-discovers Hyperion, one of the moons of Saturn.
1 November – First W H Smith bookstall at a railway station opens, at Euston Station, in London.