The History Anorak Timeline

Pre 1750

Timeline Index


1653
River Wey opens to barge traffic

Samuel Johnson Born

1709
Abraham Darby converts 1st furnace
Laurence Sterne born

1713

Lancelot "Capability" Brown born

1715

Joshua Reynolds born

1723

Robert Adam born

1728
Matthew Boulton born
Josiah Wedgwood born

1730

William Cowper (poet and hymn writer) born

1731
Erasmus Darwin born
Joseph Haydn born
1732
Richard Arkwright born


1733
Joseph Priestley born

Joseph Wright of Derby born

1734

Rob Roy dies

1735

Witchcraft no longer a crime

1736
James Watt born
Construction of Radcliffe Camera begun in Oxford

1737
Harrison's first chronometer
John Wesley's conversion

1738

Rule Britannia composed (Arne)

1740


1741
Harrison's second chronometer

William Withering born
First performance Handel's "Messiah"

1742

Stourhead gardens begun
1743
Edmund Cartwirght born

War with France

1st recorded cricket match

1744

Jonathan Swift dies

Hogarth's "Marriage a la Mode"

Jacobite Rebellion

1745

Battle of Culloden

1746

Glasse's "Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy"

1747


1748
Excavations begun at Pompeii

Fielding's "Tom Jones"
1749