1501 First printing press in Fleet Street.
1515 Financed based ‘Pecking Order’ of Guilds established (No.1 Mercers).
1535 Sir Thomas More executed on Tower Hill, 6th July.
1538 Dissolution of the Monasteries.
1553-58 Reign of ‘Bloody’ Queen Mary.
300 religious executions. Many die at Smithfield, burnt at the stake.
1570-71 The Royal Exchange & Middle Temple Hall open for business.
1579 Gresham College founded.
1665 Terrible Plague: 80,000 dead across whole of London.
Since 1603 only 4 years had been plague free.
1666 Great Fire of London, consumes 80% of the city.
87 Churches, St. Paul’s Cathedral and 13000 properties destroyed.
1667 Post fire rebuilding act. Brick and stone to be used predominantly from now on.
Wood now kept to a minimum.
1677 Sir Christopher Wren’s Monument to the Fire of London completed.
1694 Bank of England founded.
1702 First daily Newspaper (Daily Courant) printed in Fleet Street.
1710 Wren’s St.Paul’s Cathedral completed.
1734 Lloyd’s List of Marine Vessels published.
1753 Mansion House completed.
1760 London’s ancient entry gates removed (Newgate 1777).
1766 City walls demolished.