Huntingdonshire
Timeline

1600-1699

Note: All entries in this colour cover other areas as well as Huntingdonshire and can be regarded as general historic information.

Period

Dates

Events

1600-1699

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24 Mar 1603

Elizabeth I's reign of England ends.

 

25 Mar 1603

Union of Crowns.

 

1603

Union Jack designed.

 

May 1603

James VI of Scotland crowned James I of England.

 

Dec 1603

Bubonic plague kills a quarter of London's population.

 

6 Nov 1605

Guy Fawkes discovered plotting to blow up Parliament.

 

23 Apr 1616

William Shakespeare died.

 

1620

Founding of the Plymouth Colony at Cape Cod by emigrants on the Mayflower.

 

1625

Bubonic plague decimates London's population.

 

27 Mar 1625

The reign of James VI of Scotland (& I of England) ends.

 

28 Mar 1625

Charles I becomes King of Great Britain.

 

1635

Royal postal sevice first made available to the public by King Charles I.

 

1639

Production of first commercial steam engine.

 

1641

Impressing of crews for the Royal Navy made illegal.

 

30 Dec 1641

First clash between Roundheads and Cavaliers.

 

23 Oct 1642

Start of English Civil War.

 

Dec 1642

The Eastern Association formed by Oliver Cromwell, a military league established at Cambridge between East Anglia, Hertfordshire and Huntingdonshire. The Association created a large, well equipped army with high morale and religious zeal.

 

1643

Excise Duty introduced by Parliament to finance the Cilvil War.

 

Sep 1647

Puritanism leads to 13 witch-burnings at Ely during the assize there.

 

30 Jan 1649

Charles I beheaded.

 

31 Jan 1649

Charles II becomes King of Great Britain.

 

3 Sep 1651

Charles II flees to France.

 

16 Dec 1653

Oliver Cromwell declared Lord Protector.

 

1657

General Post Office (GPO) founded.

 

29 May 1660

Charles II restored to the throne.

 

1661

The Corporation Act introduced (restricting offices of state to members of the Church of England).

 

1662

The Act of Uniformity saw the re-establishment of episcopy under King Charles II.

 

1664

The Conventicle Act outlawed Nonconformist worship in gatherings of more than 5 people.

 

1665

The Five Mile Act barred Nonconformist ministers from major towns.

 

Dec 1665

Plague kills 20% of London's population.

 

2 Sep 1666

Great Fire of London.

 

1673

First Test Act (requiring all holders of offices to repudiate Catholicism and Dissent).

 

1675

Quaker Monthly Meeting for Sufferings established

 

1678

Second Test Act (barring all Catholics from parliament).

 

1680

Penny Post started in London.

 

1682

William Penn left England and founded Pennsylvania.
Foundation of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea by King Charles II for veteran soldiers.

 

6 Feb 1685

Charles II's reign of Great Britain ends.

 

7 Feb 1685

James II (VII) becomes King of Great Britain.

 

9 Nov 1688

William of Orange invades England.

 

11 Dec 1688

James II (VII) flees the country.

 

1689

Toleration Act re-introduced a level of toleration of Nonconformists(excl. Catholics & Unitarians).
Bill of Rights passed to protect Members of Parliament from court action.

 

28 Jan 1689

James II's reign ends.

 

14 Feb 1689

William III and Mary II King & Queen of Great Britain.

 

1690

Introduction of Stamp Duty.

 

1694

Foundation of Bank of England.

 


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