1837 - 1865 Prince Albert
Victoria & Albert: the Railway Age . . .
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Victoria Regina (1837) . . . married Albert (1840) . . . steady decline in 'royal' influence . . . rapid expansion of railways . . . Irish famine (1845/46 on) . . . repeal of Corn law (1846) . . . major emigration from Ireland & Scotland (1847-1861) . . . Great Exhibition (1851) . . . Meteorological Office (1854) . . . Darwinian theory (1859) . . . general scientific & medical advance . . . rapid growth of industrial towns & cities . . . decline of rural population . . .
Start of rise in mean temperatures to current levels * noted recovery from depths of LIA had occurred by mid-19thC * widespread retreat of European glaciers. Weather Log
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