The 17th Century (1601 - 1700)
Greenwich Royal Observatory & Greenwich Hospital
1603: 24 March - Death of
Elizabeth I - James I became King of England
1605: 5 November - Gunpowder plot - Guy Fawkes attempts to blow-up
1606: 12 April - Union Jack adopted
1607: Appearance of Halley's
1611: Authorised version of Bible published
1613: Trinity Hospital founded in Greenwich.
1614: King James I gave Palace of Placenta at Greenwich to his Queen (Anne
1617: Henry Briggs introduces decimal notation.
1618: Sir Walter Ralegh put to death
1619: Death of Queen Anne (Queen's House only partially built)
1620: 6 September - Pilgrim Fathers set sail in Mayflower to America from
Southwark sail past Greenwich.
1622: First English newspaper
1625: 27 March - death of James I
1625: Parliament gave Charles I
tonnage & poundage for one year only
1629: King Charles I (1600 -
1649) commissions Queens
House to be completed by Inigo
Jones for his Queen Henrietta Maria.
1634: Ship money demanded by Charles I without Parliament's consent
1635: Queens House in Greenwich completed by Inigo Jones (1573 - c1652).
1635: Connecticut first settled
1636: Hackney carriages in London
1642: English Civil War breaks out - Greenwich no longer favoured royal
1653: Body of Richard Deane lay in state at Greenwich.
1657: Body of Robert Blake at Greenwich.
1660: Charles II welcomed on
Blackheath on his return from exile.
1660: Composition of light discovered by Sir Isaac Newton
1661: Hand-struck postage-stamps first used.
1661-2 Bridge Rooms added to Queens House by King Charles II.
1662: Royal Society of London receives Royal Charter
1665: Great Plague in London
1665-6: Samuel Pepys (1633 - 1703), famous diarist, lived in Greenwich.
1666: 2 June: Samuel Pepy's records gun-fire heard at Greenwich from
English-Dutch naval conflict.
1666: 2-6 September - Great Fire of London
1675 - 22 June: Greenwich
Royal Observatory created by Royal Warrant
1675: 10 August - Building of Royal Observatory commenced
1675: John Flamsteed appointed first Astronomer Royal.
1676: Royal Greenwich Observatory built by Sir
1676: Greenwich ferry starts operating across the River Thames.
1680: Buccaneers' Raids. John Coxon defeated at Panama
1681: Oil street lights first used in London
1682: Appearance of Halley's
1688: King William III and Queen
Mary II ascend the English throne.
1689: Queen Mary II (wife of William III) welcomed at Greenwich on first
arrival to England.
1694: October: Greenwich Hospital established by Queen Mary's royal charter
(now Royal Naval College).
1698: Peter the Great works in ship-yard in Deptford.
House built on edge of Greenwich Royal Park.