Huntingdonshire
Timeline

1700-1799

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

Period

Dates

Events

1700-1799

 

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8 Mar 1702

William III and Mary II's reign of England ends.

 

9 Mar 1702

Anne becomes Queen of Great Britain.

 

1703

John Wesley born.

 

1707

Charles Wesley born.
Act of Union.

 

1709

The Tatler (Magazine) founded.

 

1711

The Spectator (Newspaper) founded.

 

1 Aug 1714

Anne's reign of Great Britain ends.

 

2 Aug 1714

George I becomes King of Great Britain.

 

1717

Freemasons Grand Lodge of England founded.

 

3 Apr 1721

Robert Walpole appointed first Prime Minister.

 

1727

Repeal of the Corporation Act.

 

22 Jun 1727

George I's reign of Great Britain ends.

 

23 Jun 1727

George II's becomes King of Great Britain.

 

1732

10 Downing Street, London presented by King George II to Sir Robert Walpole as residence for the First Lord of the Treasury (Prime Minister).

 

1740

Calvanistic Methodists split from Wesleyan Methodists.

 

1744

War between Britain and France.
First National conference of Methodist ministers.

 

18 Mar 1745

Sir Robert Walpole died.

 

1749

Bow Street Runners formed.

 

1750

Jockey Club formed to regulate horse racing.

 

2 Sep 1752

Gregorian calendar adopted - next day is 14 September.

 

29 Jun 1757

William Pitt becomes Prime Minister.

 

1760

Turnpikes improve travelling by road.

 

25 Oct 1760

George II's reign of Great Britain ends.

 

26 Oct 1760

George III becomes King of Great Britain.

 

1764

Invention of the spinning jenny by J Hargreaves.

 

1769

First Sunday school started by Hannah Ball, Methodist.
Arkwright's Waterframe invented

 

1770

Tax on distillation of spirits introduced.

 

6 May 1770

Capt. Cook discovers Botany Bay.

 

1772

Slavery declared illegal in Britain.

 

1778

Catholic Relief Act.

 

11 May 1778

Earl of Chatham (William Pitt) died.

 

1779

Invention of spinning mule by Samuel Crompton.

 

1782

The Home Office established
Foundation of the Foreign Office
Invention of modern steam engine by James Watt.

 

4 Feb 1783

Parliament proclaims an end to hostilities in America.

 

3 Sep 1783

UK, France, Spain, the Netherlands and the US sign the Treaty of Paris.

 

2 Aug 1784

First mail coach runs from Bristol to London.

 

1785

The Times founded.
First power-driven loom invented by E Cartwright.

 

1786

Church of England Sunday School Society started.
HMSO founded.

 

1787

Transportation of criminals to Botany Bay begins.

 

1788

Charles Wesley died.

 

26 Jan 1788

Foundation Day - Australia.

 

2 Mar 1791

John Wesley died.

 

1791

General Stud Book (Horse Racing) published by the Jocket Club
The Ordnance Survey of Great Britain is founded.

 

1 Feb 1793

France declares war on Britain and the Netherlands.

 

1794

Office of Secretary of State for War and the Colonies instituted.

 

1795

Methodists secede from Church of England
Poor Law devised.

 

1796

Discovery of Smallpox vaccine by E Jenner.

 

1797

Methodist New Connexion founded.

 

1798

Typhus epidemic kills thousands.

 

1799

Combination Acts described trade unions as criminal conspiracies
Foundation of the Church Missionary Society.

 

9 Jan 1799

Parliament passes the first income tax.

 


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