A TIMELINE OF THE HISTORY OF YORK

By Tim Lambert

Early York

71 AD

The Romans invade Yorkshire and build a fort on the site of York

150

A little town is thriving by the fort

c. 200

The Romans build stone wall around York, which they call Eboracum

407

The Roman army leaves Britain. Afterwards Roman civilisation breaks down.

627

York is given a bishop

850

The town of York is flourishing again

866

The Vikings conquer northern England including York

1069

The north of England rises in revolt against the Normans but William I crushes the rebels

1190

The Jews in York are massacred

1220

Work begins on York Minster

1349

Half the population of York dies in the Black Death

1368

The Merchant Adventurers Hall is built

1453

A Guildhall is built

1500

The population of York is about 10,000

1539

Henry VIII closes St Mary's Abbey

1550-51

Plague strikes York

1557

A grammar school is founded in York

1600

The population of York is about 12,000

1604

Plague strikes York again

1631

There is another outbreak of plague

1644

York is captured by a parliamentary army

1645

Plague strikes York again

1719

The first newspaper in York is published

1736

The first theater in York opens

1740

York County Hospital is built

1786

A scavenger is appointed to clean the streets

1788

A dispensary where the poor can obtain free medicines opens

Modern York

1801

The population of York is 16,846

1824

The streets of York are lit by gas

1836

A police force is formed in York

1839

The railway reaches York

1842

A train repair workshop opens. The beginning of a railway carriage making industry.

1847

Typhus kills 403 people in York

1880

Horse drawn trams run in the streets of York

1890-95

A sewage disposal system is built

1892

York Art Gallery opens

1893

The first public library in York opens

1901

The population of York is 77,914

1935

The last trams run in York

World War II

In York 87 people are killed by bombing

1951

The first York Festival is held

1963

York University is founded

1984

The Jorvik Centre opens

1987

A ring road is built around York

1998

Monks Cross Shopping Park opens

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