Timeline for Godalming

 

INDEX

Anglo-Saxon

to 1066

 

Regency

1811-1837

Norman

1066-1154

 

Victorian

1837-1901

Plantagenet

1154-1485

 

Edwardian

1901-1914

Tudor

1485-1603

 

War and Inter-war

1914-1945

Stuart and Commonwealth

1603-1714

 

Post-war

1945-1999

Georgian

1714-1811

 

Third Millennium

2000 onwards

 


Godalming

Year

General History

ANGLO-SAXON

 

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Anglo-Saxon carved stones in St Peter and St Paul (Godalming Parish Church).

c820-840

 

 

871

Accession of Alfred the Great as King of Wessex.


Defensive Saxon burgh built at Eashing.

Godalming bequeathed by will of Alfred the Great to his nephew. Ethelwald.

c885

Creation of the Anglo Saxon Chronicle.


 

899

Accession of Edward the Elder as King of Wessex.


Rebellion of Ethelwald against Edward the Elder: Godalming reverted to the Crown.

c905

 

The Burghal Hidage lists a burgh at Escingum (Eashing).

920

 

Saxon defence point moved from Eashing Burgh to Guildford.

c940

 

 

1036

Massacre at Guildford of the followers of Alfred (brother of Edward, later to be King Edward the Confessor).


 

NORMAN


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Godalming held by William I after the Norman Conquest.

 

1066

Accession of King Harold II (January).

Norman Conquest, Accession of King William I (October).


Domesday Book: First mention of Compton, Farncombe, Hambledon, Hurtmore, Littelton, Loseley, Peper Harow, Rodsell, Tuesley and Witley Manors – all split off from the original Godalming Manor.

First mention of the Rectory Manor, as a sub-manor to Godalming – held by Ranulf Flambard.

1086

 

 

 

1087

Accession of King William II.


 

1100

Accession of King Henry I.


The fee of Ranulf Flambard (the Rectory Manor and Tuesley) conveyed to the Dean and Chapter of Salisbury.

1117 or 1128

 

The Manor of Godalming (including the town) passed from the lordship of Edelina de Broc to the Bishops of Salisbury.

1221

 

 

1128

Waverley Abbey founded.


 

1135

Accession of King Stephen.


 

PLANTAGENET


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1154

Accession of King Henry II.


 

1170

Archbishop Thomas Becket murdered.


 

1189

Accession of King Richard I.


 

1199

Accession of King John.


 

1216

Accession of King Henry III.


 

1274

Accession of King Edward I.


Grant of Free Warren in the Manor of Godalming to Nicholas Longespee, Bishop of Salisbury.

1294

 

Charter of Edward I granting to Simon de Gaunt, Bishop of Salisbury, a Monday Market and an Annual Fair at the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul (June 28‑30).

1300

 

 

1307

Accession of King Edward II.


 

1327

Death of King Edward II.


 

1330

Accession of King Edward III.


 

1348

Black Death reaches England.


 

1377

Accession of King Richard II.


 

1399

Accession of King Henry IV.


 

1413

Accession of King Henry V.


 

1429

Accession of King Henry VI.


Robert Glover fined for exercising his craft of whitening leather outside the Market Town.

1440

 

Museum dated by dendrochronology.

1446

 

 

1461

Accession of King Edward IV.


 

1483

Accession of King Richard III.


 

TUDOR


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1485

 

Accession of King Henry VII.


 

1509

Accession of King Henry VIII.


The Manor of Godalming passed to the Crown.

1541

 

 

1547

Accession of King Edward VI.


 

1553

Accession of Queen Mary I.


 

1558

Accession of Queen Elizabeth I.


Godalming constituted a market town by statute.

1563

 

Elizabeth I's Charter of Incorporation. A Wednesday market was granted and an Annual Fair at Candlemas (February 1‑3). John Perrior was first Warden.

1575

 

The Manor of Godalming sold by Queen Elizabeth to Sir George More, of Loseley.

1601

 

 

STUART


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1603

Accession of King James I.


Ordinances and Constitutions of Godalming.

1620

 

Wyatt's Almshouses erected by a bequest from Richard Wyatt of Hall Place, Shackleford to house five poor men of Godalming and five from neighbouring villages.

1622

 

 

1625

Accession of King Charles I.


Henry Smith endowed charities for all Surrey parishes except Mitcham.

1627

 

Visitation of Small Pox.

1636

 

Petition against Dr. Nicholas Andrews.

1640

 

Dr. Nicholas Andrews ejected.

1643

 

 

1646

Surrender of Charles I.


 

1649

Execution of Charles I.


 

1653

Oliver Cromwell became Lord Protector.


 

1658

Richard Cromwell became Lord Protector.


 

1660

Accession of King Charles II.


George Fox, founder of the Quakers, preached at Binscombe.

1665

Great Plague.


Confirmation of the Charter of 1575 by inspeximus of Charles II - this confirmed the earlier creation of eight Assistants to the Warden.

1666

Great Fire of London.


Framework knitting introduced to Godalming.

1682

 

 

1685

Accession of King James II.


Sir Theophilus Oglethorpe purchased Westbrook and the manors of Binscombe and Farncombe.

1688

Accession of King William III and Mary II.


Peter the Great of Russia stayed at the King's Arms.

1698

 

 

1702

Accession of Queen Anne.



GEORGIAN


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1714

Accession of King George I.


Mary Tofts claimed that she had given birth to 18 rabbits.

1726

 

 

1727

Accession of King George II.


General James Oglethorpe founded the Colony of Georgia in America.

1733

 

General James Oglethorpe brought ten Yamacraw Indians to dine at the White Hart.

1734

 

Westbrook fortified by Oglethorpe’s Jacobite sisters.

1740s

 

A Godalming Company of Volunteers formed for defence against the Young Pretender.

1745

 

Portsmouth Road from Kingston to Sheet bridge (Petersfield) converted to a turnpike . This included Old Portsmouth Road, Meadrow, Bridge Street, High Street, Ockford Road and Portsmouth Road.

1749

 

 

1760

Accession of King George III.


French prisoners from Belle Isle Expedition in the Seven Years' War (1756-1763) held in the Market Hall.

1761

 

Wey Navigation extended from Guildford to Godalming. Godalming Wharf opened.

1764

 

Peper Harow built.

1765

 

 

1775

American War of Independence started.


Town Bridge over Wey built (replacing the 'Bishop's Bridge').

1782

 

Unitarian Church opened in Meadrow.

1783

 

 

1789

French Revolution.


Final Enclosure Act for Godalming.

Godalming Volunteer Corps for defence against Napoleon of three Companies of 60 infantrymen

1803

Napoleonic War.


 

1805

Battle of Trafalgar


 

REGENCY


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1811

Prince of Wales appointed Regent.


Predecessor of Godalming Non-Conformist School founded.

1812

Napoleon invaded Russia and lost most of his army in his retreat.


Wey Navigation extended to Arun above Pulborough.

1813/6

 

National School (‘Bell School’) for poor boys and girls established in The Mint.

Godalming Non-Conformist School established on the Causeway.

1813

 

The Old Town Hall (The Pepperpot) rebuilt on the site of the 'Market House' and 'Hundred House'.

Godalming Non-Conformist School renamed British School.

1814

 

 

1815

Battle of Waterloo: End of Napoleonic War.


Visit of Frederick William III of Prussia, the Czar Alexander I and Prince Leopold.

1816

 

Last public hanging in Godalming – on the Lammas Lands.

1818

 

 

1820

Accession of King George IV.


 

1822

William Cobbett started publication of Rural Rides, finally published in book form in 1830.


Act for paving and lighting the Town.

1825

 

 

1830

Liverpool and Manchester Railway: The world's first inter-city passenger railway in which all the trains were timetabled and ticketed.


 

1832

Reform Act.


 

1834

Poor Law Amendment Act introduced Union Workhouses.

Tolpuddle Martyrs transported for forming a union.

Houses of Parliament destroyed by fire.


Reconstitution of the Borough of Godalming under the Municipal Corporations Act.

1835

 

Godalming Police Force established.

Henry Marshall first Mayor of Godalming.

1836

 

 

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