english history timelines
First metal workers
People learn to make bronze weapons and tools.
Introduction of cremation of the dead and burials in round barrows.
Beaker culture – their name is thought to originate from the distinctive beakers that accompanied their burials. They were farmers and archers. They lived in round huts (similar to the Celts) with a low stone wall for a base. The roof was made of thatch, turf, or hides.
This is a timeline of English history, comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in England and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see History of England.
The Angles begin their invasion of England and establish tribal kingdoms on the east coast. 
1914 In August the First World War begins
The school leaving age is raised to 14
1667 Second Anglo-Dutch War ends
Milton ‘s Paradise Lost published allegoryfor the failed revolution
1801 Union with Ireland
End of commercial boom
First British Census estimated population8,892,536
Surrey Iron Railway
Having suffered a series of reverses and desperate for more men, Charles I ordered James Butler, Marquis of Ormond, to arrange a ceasefire with the Catholic ‘confederates’ (or insurgents) in Ireland, so that the English Protestant soldiers fighting there could be shipped home to serve against the Parliamentarians. The so-called ‘cessation of arms’ outraged the king’s English opponents.
A group attempting to escape religious persecution in England sailed for the New World and landed at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. They became known as the ‘Pilgrim Fathers’, and are often portrayed as the founders of modern America. In reality, the first permanent British colony in North America was Jamestown in Virginia, founded by Captain John Smith in 1607. Jamestown was established on behalf of the London Company, which hoped to make a profit from the new colony for its shareholders.