In the first few posts on this blog, I’ve told the stories of four men – three brothers and a cousin – who came to London from rural Sussex during the seventeenth century. All four lived in Tower Hill at some stage and all of them were freemen of the city and tradesmen: two of them were apothecaries, one a stationer, the other an upholsterer. They were members of the burgeoning middle-class that was at the heart of the steadily increasing population of the expanding city.

In telling these overlapping and interconnected stories, it can sometimes be difficult to keep track of dates and chronology. So I’ve drawn up the timeline below, to show how the events described in my recent posts relate to each other, and also how they relate to significant events in the life of London, and of the country as a whole, during this momentous period in English history (shown in italics).

1625      Accession of King Charles I

1631      Birth of John Manser

1642      English Civil War begins

1647      Birth of Stephen Byne

1649      Execution of King Charles I

1651      Birth of John Byne

1653 (?) John Manser marries Sarah

1660      Restoration of monarchy under King Charles II

1665      Great Plague

1665      Birth of Magnus Byne

1666      Great Fire of London 

1672      Death of Sarah Manser

1673 (?) Stephen Byne marries Rebecca Whiting

1674 (?) John Manser marries Jane Sawen

1675      Death of Stephen Byne

1675 (?) John Byne marries Alice Forrest

1681      Death of John Manser

1685     Accession of King James II 

1688     King James II deposed by William of Orange

1689     Death of John Byne

1690     Magnus Byne marries Jane Dakin