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A London Chronology: From the Sixth to the Ninth Centuries
Posted on Jun 17, 2002 - 01:57 AM by Bill McCann

This series of articles presents a basic chronology of London but will also contain references to national events where these are important in the development of the London area. Wherever possible, the precise dates and days of the week on which the events here recorded took place are noted. The series is an organic one and will change frequently as new events or dates are extracted from our sources.

You can either jump to the chronology for a specific century using the following table of links or scroll through the centuries sequentially by following the links at the bottom of the page.

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From the Sixth to the Ninth Centuries

First sighting of the Vikings in the English Channel

560- Aethelberht became king in Kent
577- The West Saxons captured Gloucester, Cirencester and Bath
596/7- Arrival of St Augustine's mission in Kent
597Wednesday December 25England adopted the Julian Calendar.
600- Lundenwic was established along the Strand
604- Appointment ofSt Mellitus as Bishop of London.
Foundation of St Paul's Cathedral
604Thursday March 12Birth of Pope Gregory, who developed the Gregorian chant.
604Tuesday May 26Death of St Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury.
606- Convent of St Mary Overie established on site of Southwark Cathedral
607Monday March 13The 12th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
615, Saturday September 13 Death of Ethelgoda wife of Sebert, traditional founder of St Peter's Westminster
616, Saturday July 31 Death of Sebert, nephew of Aethelberht and traditional founder of St Peter's Westminster
616- expulsion of St Mellitus from London
624Tuesday April 24Death of St Mellitus, the first Saxon Bishop of London.
624- Death of Raedwald and his probable burial at Sutton Hoo
627- Edwin and the Northumbrian court converted to Christianity
633- Penda became king of Mercia. Refused to convert to Christianity
633- Battle of Heavenfield. Penda defeated and killed Edwin
Oswald became king of Northumbria
635- King Cynegils of Wessex converted to Christianity
642- Penda defeated and killed Oswald at Oswestry
640- Gold coins were minted in London
655- There was a total eclipse of the sun this year
655 Thursday March 26 Deusdedit was sanctified as Archbishop of Canterbury by Ithamar, Bishop of Rochester
655- Penda was defeated and killed by Oswy of Northumbria at theWinwaed
Oswy became titular over-king
656- Cedd became Bishop of London
659- Wulfhere became King of Mercia
664- Synod of Whitby under the presidency of Oswy settled the doctrinal dispute between Rome and the Irish church
664-5- A severe pestilence ravaged England
665- Wini became Bishop of London
669- Theodore of Tarsus, 7th archbishop of Canterbury arrived in Britain
670- Death of Oswy
672- The Synod of Hertford
672- The Battle of Trent marks the beginning of the rise of the Mercian Kingdom
675- Waldhere became Bishop of London
685- Earconwald became Bishop of London
685-8- Mercian expansion under Caedwalla takes in Kent, Surrey and Wessex
688- Ine became King of Wessex
690-693- Ine gained control over London
706- Ingwald became Bishop of London
716- Aethelbald became king of Mercia
726- Death of Ine
Aethelbald recovered London
730-740- Foundation of Westminster Abbey
757- Death of Aethelbald
Offa became king of Mercia
Silver coins sceatta were minted during his reign
785- First written record of Westminster
It is in a Latin charter of Offa
772- Sigheard became Bishop of London
774- Eadberht became Bishop of London
786- Offa presided over the Legatine Council
786- Brihtric began his reign
789- Eadgar became Bishop of London
789- The first appearance of the Vikings in England
Three boatloads of Norwegians arrive off the Dorset coast
791- Coenwealh became Bishop of London
793 Saturday June 8 There was a fierce Viking attack on Lindisfarne
794- Eadbald became Bishop of London
794- Heathoberht became Bishop of London
794Wednesday January 8 The Vikings attacked the monastery of Donemuthan in Northumbria
This was possibly the monastery now known as Jarrow/Wearmouth
796- Death of Offa
Ecgferth succeeded as King of Mercia
Death of Ecferth
Succeeded by Coenwulf
800- Ecgberht became King of Wessex

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