1682 in England

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Events from the year 1682 in England.



  • 11 March – work begins on construction of the Royal Hospital Chelsea for old soldiers in London.[1]
  • 25 August – following the Bideford witch trial, three women become the last known to be hanged for witchcraft in England, at Exeter.[2]
  • September – Halley's Comet makes an appearance, and is observed by Edmond Halley himself.
  • 20 September – The Duke of Monmouth is arrested in Stafford for riotous behaviour.
  • 19 November – fire at Wapping makes 1,500 homeless.[3]
  • 20 November – Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, flees to Holland after being accused of planning a coup against King Charles II.[3]
  • Celia Fiennes, noblewoman and traveller, begins her journeys across Britain in a venture that will prove to be her life's work. Her aim is to chronicle the towns, cities and great houses of the country. Her travels continue until at least 1712, and will take her to every county in England, though the main body of her journal is not written until 1702.


  • 16 April – John Hadley, inventor (died 1744)
  • 10 July – Roger Cotes, mathematician (died 1716)
  • 21 December (approx.) – 'Calico Jack' Rackham, pirate (hanged 1720)



  1. ^ Penguin Pocket On This Day. Penguin Reference Library. 2006. ISBN 0-14-102715-0.
  2. ^ Gent, Frank J. (1982). The Trial of the Bideford Witches. Bideford.
  3. ^ a b Palmer, Alan; Palmer, Veronica (1992). The Chronology of British History. London: Century Ltd. pp. 194–196. ISBN 0-7126-5616-2.