In Northern England:
- 19th June 1848: opening of Monkwearmouth Station, Sunderland
- George Stephenson, "Father of the Railways", died 12th August 1848
- Opening of the High Level Bridge across the Tyne, 29th August 1848
- Opening of the Customs House, South Shields, 1848
- 7th August 1848; the first ironstone mine in Cleveland opened at Skinningrove.
- 31st December 1848; birth of Ralph Hedley,Newcastle painter and wood carver.
- 1848: the first annual Slaley Show held in August.