Timeline of Key Legislation and Events

(For details see Historical Information: Legislation)

1660 Act for Restoring Ministers

  • An Act for the confirming and restoring of Ministers [12 Car. II, c. 17]

1661 Corporation Act

  • An Act for the well-governing and regulating of Corporations [13 Car. II, stat. 2, c. 1]

1662 Act of Uniformity

  • An Act for the Uniformity of Public Prayers and Administration of Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies, and for establishing the Form of making, ordaining and consecrating Bishops, Priests and Deacons in the Church of England [14 Car. II, c. 4]

1664 First Conventicle Act

  • An Act to prevent and suppress seditious Conventicles [16 Car. II, c. 4]

1665 Five Mile Act

  • An Act for restraining Non-conformists from inhabiting in Corporations [17 Car. II, c. 2]

1669 Second Conventicle Act

  • An Act to prevent and suppress seditious Conventicles [22 Car. II, c. 1]

1673 Test Act

  • An Act for preventing dangers which may happen from Popish Recusants [25 Car. II, c. 2]

1678 Second Test Act

  • An Act for the more effectual preserving the King’s Person and Government, by disabling Papists from sitting in either House of Parliament [30 Car. II, stat. 2, c. 1]

1689 Toleration Act

  • An Act for exempting Their Majesties Protestant Subjects, dissenting from the Church of England, from the Penalties of certain Laws [1 Gul. & Mar., c. 18]

1698 Blasphemy Act

  • An Act for the more Effectual Suppressing of Blasphemy and Profaneness [9& 10 Wm III, c.32]

1711 Occasional Conformity Act

  • An Act for preserving the Protestant Religion, by better securing the Church of England as by Law established [10 Anne, c. 6]

1714 Schism Act

  • An Act to prevent the growth of Schism, and for the further security of the churches of England and Ireland, as by law established [13 Anne, c. 7]

1719 Act for the Repeal of the Occasional Conformity and Schism Acts

  • An Act for strengthening the Protestant Interest in these Kingdoms [5 Geo. I, c. 4]

1779 Protestant Dissenters’ Relief Act

  • An Act for the further Relief of Protestant Dissenting Ministers and Schoolmasters [19 Geo. III, c. 44]

1812 Places of Religious Worship Act

  • An Act to repeal certain Acts, and amend other Acts relating to Religious Worship and Assemblies, and Persons teaching or preaching therein [52 Geo. III, c.155]

1813 Unitarian Relief Act

  • The Doctrine of the Trinity Act [53 Geo. III, c. 160]

1826 founding of the University of London

  • (its name was changed to University College London in 1836)

1828 Repeal of the Test and Corporation Acts

  • An Act for repealing so much of several Acts as imposes the Necessity of receiving the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper as a Qualification for certain Offices and Employments [9 Geo. IV, c. 17]

1832 Reform Act

  • An Act to amend the representation of the people in England and Wales. Its formal short title and citation is the Representation of the People Act 1832 [2 & 3 Wm. IV, c. 45]

1834 University Admission Bill

1835 Municipal Reform Act

  • Municipal Corporations Act 1835 [5 & 6 Wm. IV, c. 76]

1836 Founding of the University of London

  • (established as an examining body to award degrees)

1854 Oxford University Act

  • An Act to make further Provision for the good Government and Extension of the University of Oxford, of the Colleges therein [1854 CHAPTER 81 17 and 18 Vict.]

1856 Cambridge University Act

  • An Act to make further Provision for the good Government and Extension of the University of Cambridge, of the Colleges therein [1856 CHAPTER 88 19 and 20 Vict.]

1871 Universities Tests Act

  • An Act to alter the law respecting Religious Tests in the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Durham, and in the Halls and Colleges of those Universities [1871 CHAPTER 26 34 and 35 Vict.]

David L. Wykes