HISTORICAL TIMELINE

 

Great Events

Bramham's Events

1666

Great Fire of London

 

1675

 

Robert Benson Born, Wrenthorpe, Nr Wakefield

1685

Monmouth's Rebellion

 

1688

Flight of James II and accession of William & Mary the 'Glorious Revolution'

 

1697

 

Benson's Grand Tour of Europe

1698

 

Building work begins on the House

1702

Accession of Queen Anne

 

1704

Duke of Marlborough beats French at Blenheim

 

1705

 

Benson elected MP for York

1707

Act of Union between England & Scotland

 

1709

 

Benson supervising work at Wentworth Castle for Lord Raby

1710

 

Benson appointed Commissioner of the Treasury

A Map of Bramham Park the seat of the R Honble Robert Benson Esq: Containing 611=1=0

Colen Campbell notes in Vitruvius Britannicus '...that all the other additional improvements were happily finished by the noble Patron, Anno 1710'

1713

Spain cedes Gibraltar to Britain under the Treaty of Utrecht

Benson appointed ambassador to Spain and created Lord Bingley

1715

The 15 Jacobite Rebellion  

1720

South Sea Bubble

 

1727

George I dies

Terrace walks planted

1728

 

John Wood draws a plan of the garden. The T-Pond is under construction and is shown

1730

 

Benson appointed Treasurer to George II's household

1731

 

Benson dies, Harriet Benson inherits Bramham and marries George Fox

1733

Walpole's Excise Crisis

 

1734

 

Fox elected Tory MP for Hendon

1742

Walpole resigns as Prime Minister

Fox elected Tory MP for York

1745

The 45 Jacobite Rebellion

Round House Rotunda built

1750

 

Dr Pococke visits Bramham and notes the Gothic Temple under construction

Ionic Temple (Chapel) built by James Paine

1757

Battle of Plassy begins British rule in India

 

1763

 

George Fox Lane created Lord Bingley

1768

Capt James Cook leaves on his first expedition to the Pacific

Robert Benson, son of Harriet & George, dies: Obelisk erected in Black Fen to his memory

1773

Boston Tea Party

Mary Goodricke (illegitimate daughter of George Fox Lane) inherits

1789

Storming of the Bastille

James Fox Lane marries Marcia Pitt

1792

France declares war on Austria, Prussia, and Sardinia, marking the start of the French Revolutionary wars

James Fox Lane inherits

1815

Battle of Waterloo

 
1817  

Map of Bramham Park drawn by William Parker

1821

Spain gives Florida to the US and grants Mexico independence

George Lane Fox 'the Gambler' inherits

1825

George Stephenson's Stockton & Darlington Railway opens

Watercolours of Bramham painted by Ziegler

1828

Duke of Wellington becomes Prime Minister

Fire destroys much of the House

1832

Great Reform Act

 

1845

Irish Potato Famine begins

Museum Temple built

Black Fen replanted (map drawn by Augustus Lane Fox, later Pitt-Rivers)

Map of Bramham by Surveyor General of Ordnance

1848

California Gold Rush

George Lane Fox 'the Squire' inherits

1849  

Ordnance Survey first Edition 1:6 of Bramham Park

1857

Indian Mutiny

 

1893

 

Ordnance Survey second Edition 1:25 of Bramham Park

1896

First Modern Olympic Games

James Lane Fox 'the Soldier' inherits

1901

Queen Victoria dies

 

1903

 

George Lane Fox marries Agnes Wood daughter of second Viscount Halifax

1906

Labour party founded

George Lane Fox 'the Politician' inherits

Rebuilding of the House by Detmar Blow begins

1914 1918

First World War

 

1933

 

George Lane Fox created Lord Bingley

1939 1945

Second World War

 

1947

British Coal Industry Nationalised

Marcia Lane Fox inherits

1952

 

Bramham Park opens to the public

1962

 

Great Gale devastates Bramham's old trees

1963

Sir Alec Douglas-Home becomes Prime Minister

 

1974

 

First running of Bramham Horse Trials

1980

 

George Lane Fox inherits

1988

 

Hall ceiling restored 160 years after the Fire

Archaeological dig discovers lost cascades below Obelisk Ponds

1997

 

Victoria Lane Fox dies

1999

Britain decides not to join European Single Currency

English Heritage grant aids Landscape Conservation & Management Plan

2003

Second Iraq War

Leeds Festival moves to Bramham Park

Southern Parkland restored

2004

 

Lord Bingley's Walk restored

2009  

Broadwalk Avenue Replanted

Museum Temple restoration completed

2011

Arab Spring

Queen's Hollow and Parterre Cascade uncovered by Durham Archaeology

Tunnels under Broadwalk discovered

T-Pond relined with 3,300 tonnes of clay

2012

Queen's Diamond Jubilee

London Olympics

Bramham Horse Trials is final Olympic trial for Team GB and several other nations