1661 - 1670

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1661

Persecution of Non-conformists in England

Restoration of Episcopacy in Scotland

Board of Trade founded in London

Hand-struck postage stamps first used

Corporation Act prevents non-Anglicans from holding municipal office

1662

Hearth Tax

Poor Relief Act "Act of Settlement" gave JPs the power to return any wandering poor to the parish of origin

Act of Uniformity About 2,000 vicars and rectors driven from their parishes as nonconformists (Presbyterians and Independents) Persecution of all non-conformists Presbyterianism dis-established Episcopalian Church of England restored

Tea introduced to Britain

1663

Earliest Roman Catholic registers

1665

Great Plague of London

1666

September 2-6: Great Fire of London, after a drought beginning 27 June

Use of semaphore signalling pioneered by Lord Worcester

Act of Parliament burials to be in woollen

1666-1689

Considerable religious unrest on Scotland (The Covenanters) Covenanters Rising at St John's Town of Dalry

1669

Earliest Lutheran registers survive from this year

1670

Earliest Synagogue registers Bevis Marks

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