A Timeline of Ayr

By Tim Lambert Early Sheffield c. 1120 A castle is built on the site Sheffield. Afterwards, a little town grows up in the shadow of the castle. 1266 Sheffield Castle burns 1270 The castle is rebuilt c. 1300 There are cutlers in Sheffield c. 1380 Chaucer mentions a Sheffield knife. The little town is already… Continue reading A Timeline of Ayr

A Timeline of Yeovil

By Tim Lambert 8th Century The Saxons conquer south Somerset and found Yeovil. 1086 Yeovil has grown into a busy little market town with a population of about 1,000 1205 Yeovil is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights) 1348 The Black Death devastates Yeovil 1349 A riot takes place in St… Continue reading A Timeline of Yeovil

A Timeline of Worcester

By Tim Lambert 50 The Romans found Worcester 407 The last Roman soldiers leave Britain. Afterward, Worcester is abandoned. c. 650 The Saxons start a new settlement by the River Severn which they call Weorgoran ceaster 680 Worcester is given a bishop and a cathedral c. 880 Alfred the Great makes Worcester a burgh or… Continue reading A Timeline of Worcester

A Timeline of Wigan

By Tim Lambert 1246 The king gives Wigan a charter allowing it 2 weekly markets 1400 The main industry in Wigan is making wool 1485 The population of Wigan is about 2,500-3,000 1600 The population of Wigan reaches about 4,000 1643 During the Civil War Parliamentary forces occupied Wigan 1644 Royalists occupy Wigan but lose it after the Battle of Marston… Continue reading A Timeline of Wigan

A Timeline of St Albans

By Tim Lambert 20 BC The local Celtic tribe build their capital at St Albans 43 AD The Romans invade Britain. Later they take over the Celtic settlement at St Albans. 61 AD Boudica burns St Albans. After her rebellion is crushed the town is rebuilt. 304 St Alban, the first British martyr is beheaded… Continue reading A Timeline of St Albans

A Timeline of Stafford

By Tim Lambert 913 A burh or fortified settlement is founded at Stafford 1000 Stafford is a flourishing little town with its own mint 1070 William the Conqueror builds a castle at Stafford 1200 Stafford has a population of about 1,000 1206 King John gives Stafford a charter. Stafford is a busy little town with… Continue reading A Timeline of Stafford

A Timeline of Taunton

By Tim Lambert 904 The little market town of Taunton is given a charter (a document granting the people certain rights) 1086 Taunton has a population of about 1,500. It has 3 watermills. 1111 Taunton suffers a severe fire but it is rebuilt C. 1125 A priory is built in Taunton 1138 The Bishop of… Continue reading A Timeline of Taunton

A Timeline of Walsall

By Tim Lambert 6th century The Saxons found a village at Walsall 1220 A weekly market begins in Walsall and it turns into a busy little town. Walsall also has annual fairs. 1339 Walsall is allowed 2 annual fairs. Walsall is a little town with a population of about 1,500. 1554 A grammar school opens… Continue reading A Timeline of Walsall

A Timeline of Northampton

By Tim Lambert Late 9th Century Danes conquer eastern England and turn the village of Hamm tun into a fortified town 914 The name Northampton is first recorded. Northampton is a flourishing market town. 1010 The Danes burn Northampton 1086 Northampton has a population of about 1,500 1189 Northampton is given a charter (a document… Continue reading A Timeline of Northampton