1667 in England

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Events from the year 1667 in England.



  • 6–7 March – Exceptionally cold spell.[1]
  • 27 April – The blind, impoverished, 58-year-old John Milton seals a contract for publication of Paradise Lost with London printer Samuel Simmons for an initial payment of £5.[2][3][4] The first edition is published in October[3] and sells out in eighteen months.[5]
  • 10 May – A second Conventicle Act, preventing groups of more than five non-followers of the Church of England from assembling, comes into effect with increased incentives for the authorities to prosecute.
  • 9–14 June – Raid on the Medway: a Dutch fleet under admiral Michiel de Ruyter burns Sheerness, sails up the River Medway, raids Chatham Dockyard and escapes with the royal barge The Royal Charles.[6]
  • 27 June – An attempt by Dutch ships to enter the River Thames above Gravesend is called off.
  • 2 July – A Dutch marine force lands near Woodbridge, Suffolk, and prevents Landguard Fort from being reinforced but a direct assault on the fort is beaten off by the garrison, The Duke of York and Albany's Maritime Regiment of Foot, predecessor of the Royal Marines, and hence the first land action fought by marines.
  • 3 July – A Dutch attack on Osleybay fails.
  • c. 13–17 July – Exceptionally warm spell peaks.[1]
  • 21 July (Old Style – 31 July New Style) – The Second Anglo-Dutch War is ended by the Treaty of Breda.[7][8]






  1. ^ a b Pepys's Diary.
  2. ^ Equivalent to approximately £7,400 income in 2008. "Purchasing Power of British Pounds from 1264 to Present". MeasuringWorth. 2010. Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  3. ^ a b Campbell, Gordon (2004). "Milton, John (1608–1674)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/18800. Retrieved 2013-07-05. The sums involved are modest but quite normal.  (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  4. ^ Lindenbaum, Peter (1995). "Authors and Publishers in the Late Seventeenth Century: New Evidence on their Relations". The Library. Oxford University Press. s6-17 (3): 250–269. doi:10.1093/library/s6-17.3.250. ISSN 0024-2160. 
  5. ^ "John Milton's Paradise Lost". The Morgan Library & Museum. Retrieved 2011-04-25. 
  6. ^ a b c Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 190–191. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2. 
  7. ^ "Dutch Raid on the Medway, 19–24 June 1667". Military History Encyclopedia on the Web. Archived from the original on 2 October 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-10. 
  8. ^ Cates, William L. R. (1863). The Pocket Date Book. London: Chapman and Hall.