Timeline

Grasmere Gingerbread

1815

Sarah Nelson (nee Kemp) is born; the Battle of Waterloo sees the defeat of Napoleon by Wellington and William Wordsworth's definitive version of the poem Daffodils is published.

1815
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1819

Princess Alexandria Victoria - the future Queen Victoria - is born in Kensington Palace, London.

1819
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1822

Huntley & Palmer is established in Reading and goes on to become the biggest biscuit company in the world.

1822
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1825

The world's first railway line between Stockton and Darlington in the north-east of England is opened.

1825
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1827

Joseph Lister, the pioneer of antiseptic surgery, is born in Upton, England.

1827
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1828

London Zoo is opened but the public were not allowed to see the animals until 19 years later.

1828
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1837

Queen Victoria inherits the throne aged just 18 and is crowned in Westminster Abbey the following year.

1837
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1840

Sarah Nelson gets married at Patterdale Church, Ullswater.

1840
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1843

Engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel's SS Great Britain, the world's first modern metal ship powered by an engine and propellers, is launched in Bristol.

1843
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1850

The Prelude, William Wordsworth's autobiographical conversation poem, is published three months after his death.

1850
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1854

Sarah Nelson invents Grasmere Gingerbread and she begins selling it outside her Church Cottage home in Grasmere.

1854
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1865

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is published.

1865
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1868

Benjamin Disraeli becomes Conservative British Prime Minister for the first time.

1868
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1871

In the UK National Census Sarah Nelson is described as a 'Baker and Confectioner of Church Cottage, Grasmere'.

1871
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1888

John Logie Baird, inventor of the television, is born in Helensburgh, Scotland.

1888
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1891

Music Hall legend Lottie Collins performs her famous song 'Tar-ra-ra-boom-der-ay!' for the first time in London.

1891
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1899

The Boer War begins in South Africa.

1899
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1901

Queen Victoria dies after a record-breaking 63-year reign.

1901
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1904

Sarah Nelson dies in Grasmere.

1904