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  Victorian era timeline
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The 18-year-old Victoria comes to the throne in Britain, beginning the long Victorian era      
Winterhalter Queen Victoria (detail)
National Maritime Museum
Work begins on Charles Barry's spectacular design for London's new Houses of Parliament       
Houses of Parliament, c.1851
Guildhall Library
c. 1837
The Whig party in Britain begin referring to themselves as Liberals       
The first trains run between London and Birmingham on the railway designed by Robert Stephenson       
Primrose Hill Tunnel, c.1837
Guildhall Library
Charles Dickens' first novel, Oliver Twist, begins monthly publication (in book form, 1838)       
An Irish packet steamer, the Sirius, becomes the first steamship to cross the Atlantic, completing the journey to New York in 19 days