J4.01 A Jerusalem Timeline

Where possible, I have included the exact text and page reference which led me to assign the specific date. Page references without text either have no date given, or are historical events with verifiable dates. Entries marked “ahistorical” are ones which correspond to real-world events, but where the date given in Jerusalem does not match the real-world event; the dates given in Jerusalem are the ones used in this timeline, as they are presumptively true in the fictional world of the novel. Page references preceded by a “V” indicate Voice of the Fire (1st edition).
  • “a few million years ago” (P250p3).
    • A chalk fault collapses, forming the course of the Thames.
  • 113,000-10,000 BC – Last ice age
    • “Urks” make carvings (“big ice-whiles”, VP17p5).
    • Shagfoals roam the earth (“in big ice-while”, VP18p6).
  • 7,000 BC
    • Urks vanish? (date a total guess, VP17p5).
    • Shagfoals vanish (also a guess, VP18p6).
  • 4,100 BC
    • A stone circle built east of Northampton (date a total guess, VP36p1).
  • 4,050 BC
    • First Bridge built in Northampton (date a total guess, VP37p7ff).
    • Hob born (date tentative, “Hob is more old as she, and I, and as an other like to I. He is more old as man that she is hear of.”, VP44p6).
  • 4,015 BC
    • Boy born (estimated; in 4,000 BC he seems to be past puberty, but still a young man).
    • Boy remembers breastfeeding (VP11p3).
    • Settlers increase, making things harder for nomads (“Through many ice-whiles now”, VP16p5).
  • 4,001 BC
    • Boy’s mother scolds him (indeterminate, “while she is alive”, VP10p8).
    • Shamans begin to plan a rhyming road through England (date unclear, VP31p2ff).
  • 4,000 BC (VP9), Autumn (“bare-while now”, VP23p2).
    • Day 0
      • Boy’s mother dies (VP11p5ff).
      • Boy exiled (“many darks” before main story starts, VP10p6).
    • Day 1
      • Boy forages (“First bright come”, VP14p7).
    • Day 3
      • Boy wanders (“and bright, and dark, and bright and dark”, VP16p3).
    • Day 4
      • Boy wanders more (“and bright, and dark”, VP16p4).
      • Boy encounters settlers, is wounded (“One whiles”, VP16p6).
    • Day 5
      • Boy finds a carved stone (“Bright come”, VP17p4).
      • Boy mistakes logs for pigs (VP9p1; “here now”, VP18p1).
    • Day 6
      • Boy finds a large settlement with a bridge (“Bright is bright of sun, that follow dark”, VP19p4).
    • Day 7
      • Boy meets Girl (“Bright”, VP25p4).
    • Day 8
      • Girl tells Boy about magic and sacrifice (“First bright”, VP35p1).
    • Day 9
      • Boy and Girl frolic (“A bright is come”, VP43p2).
    • Day 10
      • Boy finds out the truth about Hob’s son (“A grey is come in dark”, VP52p9).
  • 2,530 BC
    • Usin conceived (date estimated, “one Summer long ago”, VP57p3).
  • 2,520 BC
    • Volcanic ash destroy’s Nusin’s home (date estimated, “as a child”, VP59p10).
    • Twins born in Northampton (date a guess, VP65p6).
  • 2,519 BC
    • Nusin’s father dies (date estimated, VP67p12).
  • 2,517 BC
    • Nusin’s mother dies (date a guess, VP80p4).
  • 2,516 BC
    • Garn leaves Olun to become a smith (estimated, VP73p5).
  • 2,500 BC (VP57)
    • Day 1
      • Nusin murders Usin and throws the body in the river (VP57ff).
      • Nusin arrives at Bridge-in-the-Valley at night.
    • Day 2
      • Olun shows Nusin some of the paths (“Morning light.”, VP78p6).
      • Usin’s body found (VP89p8ff).
      • Nusin visits Garn (VP93p3ff).
    • Day 3 (“sunlight”, VP101p3).
      • Olun examines the body; 2 funerals (VP102p6ff).
  •  c.5-67
    • Life of St. Paul (P54p4ff).
  • 43 AD
    • Roman invasion of Britain begins.
    • Stilts’s village vanishes (Stilts’s neighbors were discussing Roman invasion before they vanished, VP127p3).
  • c.50 AD
    • Stilts sees Roman soldiers (date a guess).
  • c.60 AD
    • Boudicea rebels against the Romans.
  • c.155 AD
    • Cult of Glycon formed (VP309p4).
  • 260 AD
    • The “Gallic Empire” (including Roman Britain) briefly breaks free of Rome’s control.
  • 274 AD
    • Emperor Aurelian reconquers the Gallic Empire.
  • 284 AD
    • Diocletian becomes Emperor of Rome.
  • 286 AD
    • Diocletian splits the Empire into two administrative regions, sharing rule with Maximian.
  • 291 AD
    • Caius Sextus has sex in Rome (“a year”, VP137p
  • 292 AD
    • Caius Sextus arrives in Londinium (“a half-year since”, VP136p6).
    • Caius Sextus sent to the Midlands (“two months since”, VP137p3).
    • Caius Sextus comes to Northampton (date approximate, “Post AD 290”, VP133; probably before 293, as Caius doesn’t mention the Empire being split in four parts).
  • 305 AD
    • Diocletian dies.
  • 363 AD
    • Emperor Julian tries (but fails) to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem (VP168p3).
  • c.410 AD
    • Roman occupation ends, Saxons invade.
  • c.600 AD
    • Pope Gregory sends missionaries to Christianize England.
  • 804 AD
    • Peter the Monk sets out (“three years or more”, P134p2).
  • 810 AD
    • Peter the Monk returns to Northampton (P122p1).
  • 870 AD
    • Edmund and Ragener, both later sainted, die (“this year of Our Lord Christ eight hundred and seventy”, VP159p2).
  • 1020
    • Alfgiva born (“thirtieth year”, VP149p1).
  • 1029
    • Alfigiva’s mother dies (“before I was ten”, VP149p1).
  • 1036
    • Ivalde born (“not more than sixteen winters old” in 1050, VP147p1).
  • 1046
    • Bruning dies (“these four years gone”, VP148p2).
  • 1050
    • Miracle of Saint Ragener (“the year of Our Lord one thousand and fifty”, VP147p4; VP159p4).
  • 1064
    • Alfgiva the nun reminisces (VP146; “the year is one thousand and sixty-four”, VP159p3).
  • 1066
    • The Norman Conquest.
  • c.1074
    • Maud (later wife of Simon de Senlis) born.
  • 1076
    • Waltheof executed (VP169p3)
  • 1080
    • Alfgiva dies? (“dead twenty years or more” circa 1103, VP162p4).
  • 1084
    • Simon de Senlis builds Northampton Castle.
  • 1090
    • Simon de Senlis marries Maud.
  • 1093-1100
    • St. Andrew’s Priory (a Cluniac house) founded by Simon de Senlis (P26p4).
  • 1096
    • Simon de Senlis leaves on Crusade (“the ninety-and-sixth year of this Millennium”, VP166p6).
  • 1097
    • Siege of Antioch begins.
  • 1098
    • Simon de Senlis II born?
  • 1099
    • Crusaders capture Jerusalem; Simon de Senlis returns home.
  • c.1100
    • Construction on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre begun.
  • 1103
    • Simon de Senlis drags Maud to the half-finished church (date estimated based on Maud’s birthdate and “twenty-nine years old”, VP164p3).
  • 1108
    • Construction on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre finished.
  • 1111
    • Simon de Senlis dies.
  • 1131
    • “First National Parliament” in Northampton (semi-ahistorical, P420p3).
  • c.1135
    • Simon de Senlis II rebuilds St. Peter’s Church to its present form.
  • c.1150
    • St. Andrews acquires the second mill in Northampton (“In the eleven-hundreds”, P1260p1).
  •  1164
    • Thomas Becket tried (P25p1, P430p2).
  •  1188-1189
    • Richard I raises money for Crusade (P25p1, P420p3).
  • 1199
    • The Knights Templar officially founded (VP172p3).
  • “13th century”
    • Jews stoned (VP300p5).
    • First parliament takes place in Northampton (ahistorical, P25p1).
    • Gilhalda in what will later be the Mayorhold (“the thirteenth and the fourteenth centuries”, P212p2).
    • Beech tree starts growing in Sheep Street (“eight-hundred-year-old”, P219p2).
    • St. Andrews Street is the western border of Northampton (P344p2).
  • 1238
    • Barons meet at Northampton to plan Crusade (P25p1).
  • 1263
    • Bachelerie di Northampton joins Montfort’s rebels (P344p2).
  • 1264
    • Henry III’s forces sack the town (P344p2).
  • 1265
    • Henry III orders the University of Northampton disbanded (P344p2).
  • 1268
    • Northampton Parliament plans Crusade (P25p1).
  • 1290
    • Queen Eleanor dies. Her funeral procession stops briefly in Northampton.
  • c.1291
    • King Edward I has the Eleanor Crosses built, one in Northampton.
  • 1380
    • Parliament in Northampton raises a Poll Tax (P25p1, P420p3).
  • 1381
    • Wat Tyler’s peasant revolt (P25p1, P420p3).
  • 1385
    • Henry II confirms Northampton’s charter (P212p2).
  • “late in the thirteen-hundreds”
    • Guildhall moved to Abington Street (P212p2).
  • 1460
    • “The Battle of Northampton” during the Wars of the Roses (P198p3).
  • “1490s”
    • Mayorhold gets its name (P212p3).
  • 1500s
    • Saint Gregory’s Church becomes the first Free School in Northampton (P332p3).
  • c.1550
    • Augustus Nicholls born (estimate, ahistorical, but based on the ahistorical date of his son Francis c.1570, see below).
  • 1570
    • Francis Nicholls born (ahistorical, “close to fifty” in 1616, VP216p5).
  • c.1580
    • A large dovecote built on the Tresham estate.
  • 1584
    • John Bailles born (VP300p4)?
  • 1587
    • Mary, Queen of Scots executed (VP198p1).
    • John Dee and Edward Kelly do some wife-swapping (VP 217p4).
  • 1589
    • John Dee and Edward Kelly part ways (VP217p2).
  • 1591
    • Bartholomew Hickman begins working with John Dee (VP218p5).
  • 1593-1597
    • Rushton Triangular Lodge constructed (VP186p2).
  • 1593
    • Francis Nicholls first meets John Dee (inexactly “some five and twenty years since” 1616, VP216p6, but “Almost a year” before March, 1594, VP217p2).
  • 1594
    • Francis Nicholls has a disturbing visit with John Dee (“March night in fifteen ninety-four”, VP217p4).
  • 1598
    • Edward Kelly dies (VP217p2).
  • 1600
    • Bartholomew Hickman found to be a fraud by John Dee (ahistorical, “around the turning of the century”, VP218p5). Francis and Mary Nicholls cease their visits.
  • 1603
    • James I crowned (VP185p3).
  • 1605
    • Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. Francis Tresham executed.
  • 1606
    • Francis Tresham’s skull loses consciousness (“the year Sixteen Hundred and Six”, VP185p3).
  • 1607
    • Thomas Tresham dies (ahistorical, “early in the year”, VP196p7).
    • The Midland Revolt. Captain Pouch executed.
    • Francis Tresham’s skull wakes and reminisces (VP184ff).
  • c.1608
    • John Dee dies (VP219p2).
  • 1610
    • John Speed draws a map of Northampton.
  • 1618
    • Judge Augustus Nicholls dies (ahistorical, VP202ff).
  • 1620
    • Puritans begin going to America (P119p1).
  •  1623
    • King John published.
  • 1642
    • English Civil War begins
  • 1645
    • Battle of Naseby.
  • 1649
    • Charles I executed.
  • 1651
    • English Civil War ends.
  • 1653
    • “Angler’s Song”, by William Basse, published (P229p2).
  • 1656
    • George Washington’s great-grandfather emigrates to America (VP308p3).
  • 1658
    • Oliver Cromwell dies.
  • 1661
    • John Bunyan imprisoned, begins work on The Pilgrim’s Progress.
  • 1662
    • Northampton Castle largely demolished by order of King Charles II.
  • 1667
    • Milton’s Paradise Lost published.
  • 1674
    • John Milton dies.
  • 1675
    • Great Fire of Northampton.
  • 1678
    • Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress published.
  • 1680
    • All Saints Church rebuilt (after Great Fire).
  • 1681
    • Elinor Shaw born (“not yet twenty-five” in 1705, VP234p3)?
    • Mary Phillips born (“just the same age”, VP236p3)?
    • A new charter brought to Northampton (VP296p2).
  • 1682
    • Bunyan’s The Holy War published (VP296p2).
  • 1683
    • Ben Franklin’s parents emigrate to America (VP308p3).
  • 1695
    • Elinor Shaw comes to Oundle, meets Mary Phillips (“when I was fourteen”, VP236p3; “ten years ago”, VP250p4).
  • 1700-1702
    • Nicholas Hawksmoor remodels the Easton Neston manor (VP318p2).
  • 1702
    • Philip Doddridge born.
  • 1704
    • Elinor and Mary summon the Black-Faced Man (“February of last year”, VP239p3).
  • 1705
    • Elinor Shaw and Mary Phillips burned as witches (ahistorical? VP233ff).
  • 1706
    • John Bailles dies (VP300p4).
  • 1714
    • Queen Anne dies.
  • 1716-1719
    • James Thornhill paints frescoes in St. Paul’s (P54p2).
  •  1720
    • Old Black Lion built.
  • 1725
    • John Newton born (P191p9).
  • 1729
    • Christmas
      • Philip Doddridge comes to Northampton.
  •  “eighteenth-century”
    • Doddridge Church built? (ahistorical, P23p3).
  • 1735
    • Doddridge’s “Christ’s Message”, AKA Hark! The Glad Sound! published (P230p2).
  • 1736
    • John Newton first goes to sea with his father (P194p5).
  • 1743
    • John Newton pressed into naval service (P194p5).
  • 1745
    • John Newton transferred to a slave ship (P194p7).
  • 1748
    • John Newton rescued (P194p7).
    • John Newton almost dies in a storm, beginning his spiritual conversion and a partial inspiration for “Amazing Grace” (P196p3).
  • 1750
    • John Newton marries (P197p2).
    • John Newton becomes captain of a slave ship (P195p5).
  • 1751
    • Philip Doddridge dies.
  • 1754
    • John Newton retires from seafaring, though continues investing in the slave trade for an unknown period (P195p5).
  • 1764
    • John Newton becomes a priest, and rector of Olney (P182p5; “nearly forty”, P193p3).
  • 1770
    • “Amazing Grace” written (P197p3).
  • 1779
    • “Amazing Grace” published in Olney Hymns.
  • 1780
    • Jackie Thimbles born (date a guess “in his sixties” in the “early 1840s”, P54p3).
    • John Newton leaves Olney for St. Mary Woolnoth’s (P190p8).
  •  1781
    • Cornwallis surrenders to George Washington (P52p4).
  •  1790-1800
    • William Blake lives in Hercules Road (P47p1).
  • 1793
    • John Clare born.
  • 1797
    • Mary Joyce born (“She was ten” when Clare was fourteen, P1030p4).
  • 1805
    • Billy Mabbutt born (“sixty years”, P51p3)?
    • Battle of Trafalgar (P54p3).
  • 1807
    • John Newton dies (P191p9; P197p3).
    • John Clare “falls in love with” (molests) Mary Joyce (fictitious event!; “When I was fourteen”, P1030p4).
  • 1809
    • Spencer Perceval elected Prime Minister (VP299p2).
  • 1812
    • Spencer Perceval assassinated (VP299p2; P48p1).
  • 1818
    • Monument to Lord Nelson installed in St. Paul’s (P52p4).
  • 1819
    • Monument to Cornwallis installed at St. Paul’s (P52p4)??
    • Earlier, shoddy renovations at St. Paul’s (date a total guess, P55p2).
  • 1820
    • John Clare visits London for the first time.
    • John Clare marries Patty Turner.
  • 1822
    • John Clare’s second London visit.
  • 1824
    • John Clare’s third London visit.
  • 1827
    • William Blake dies.
  • 1828
    • John Clare’s fourth (and last) London visit.
  • 1832
    • Friends of John Clare purchase him a house in Northborough (VP251p1).
  • 1833
    • Ernest Vernall born (“seven-year-old” in 1840, P43p3; “thirty-two” in 1865, P45p3).
  • 1837
    • John Clare voluntarily committed to Essex asylum.
  • 1840
    • Ernest Vernall last prays (“a quarter-century ago” in 1865, P43p3).
  • 1841
    • July
      • John Clare escapes from an Essex asylum and walks home.
    • November
      • John Clare committed to St. Andrew’s Hospital.
  • 1842
    • Ernest Vernall learn to draw (“early 1840s”, P54p3)?
  • 1843
    • Richard Dadd enters Bedlam (P47p1)?
    • Shrine erected around Beckett’s Well (P178p3).
  • 1848
    • Henry George, aka Black Charley born (“getting on for fifty” in 1898, P153p3; “near on sixty” in 1909, P181p2; “Late forties” in 1895 or 1896, P184p4; but “around thirteen years old, he thought, when Mr. Lincoln won the Civil War and set the slaves all free”, P198p2).
    • Thomas Grimshaw paints John Clare (date estimated, “1840s”, P216p4).
  • 1850
    • Apprentice workman born (“slightly older”, P52p4).
  • 1851
    • Apprentice workman born (“fourteen or so” in 1865, P52p3).
  • 1852
    • “Amazing Grace” acquires a new final verse in America (P193p1).
  • 1856
    • Ernest Vernall returns from the Crimean War (P47p1)?
    • John Vernall dies (“getting on ten years ago” in 1865, P47p1)?
    • Henry George branded (“Henry was marked up as a slave six year by [Emancipation], when he was seven”, P198p2).
  • 1860
    • Julian Fane writes about Apethorpe Palace (P230p3).
  • 1861
    • American Civil War begins.
  • 1862
    • Ernest Vernall marries Anne (date a guess).
  •  1863
    • January
      • First underground railway, in London (P47p2).
    • John “Snowy” Vernall born (“two-year-old”, P43p2, P46p3).
    • Pepper’s Ghost used in a production of Hamlet (P58p5).
  • 1864
    • Richard Dadd leaves Bedlam (“until a year or so before”, P47p1)?
    • John Clare dies.
    • Northampton Guildhall completed.
    • September
      • First International founded in London (P48p2).
  • 1865
    • early 1865?
      • Thursa Vernall born (“latest baby”, P43p2); “in her eighties” in 1948, P328p2; later is “eight” when John is “ten”, P65p6).
    • April
      • Abraham Lincoln assassinated (P48p1).
    •  May
      • End of American Civil War (P48p1).
    • June
      • Robert Vernall visits his cousin Ernest (P48p1).
    • October 7
      • Ernest “Ginger” Vernall meets an angle (“October 7th, 1865″, P43p1).
    • October 18
      • Lord Palmerston dies (P48p2).
  • 1866
    • Appelina Vernall born (date a guess, P65p7).
  • 1867
    • Messenger Vernall born (date a guess, P66p1).
  • 1868
    • Ernest Vernall goes to Bedlam (P66p1).
    • Elvira Conely goes to Kansas (P179p3).
  • 1871
    • Britton Johnson dies (P179p1).
  • 1873
    • Ernest explains things to John and Thursa (“when his son was ten years old”, P65p6).
    • Snowy Vernall’s hair begins turning white (“by his tenth birthday”, P255p1).
  • 1874
    • Charles Bradlaugh fails to be elected MP; 7,000 people riot (VP299p2).
    • Spring Lane School built (P29p1-2).
    • Henry George’s family moves to Kansas (date estimated; “ten year” after Emancipation, P198p2).
  • 1876
    • Bradlaugh and Besant publish a pamphlet about birth control (VP299p2).
    • Bill Hickock dies (P179p1).
    • Henry George meets Bill Cody (“seventy-five, seventy-six, something like that”, P175p4; after Bill Hickock died).
  • 1877
    • Bradlaugh and Besant sentenced to six months prison for obscenity (overturned on appeal) (VP299p2).
  • 1879
    • Last remnants of Northampton Castle removed to make way for a railway station.
    • Josephine St. Pierre active with “Kansas Freedmen’s Relief Association” (P179p3).
  • 1880
    • Charles Bradlaugh elected MP for Northampton (P177p1).
  • 1880s
    • Phippsville (AKA Phipps’ Fire Escape) constructed (VP297p4).
  • 1882
    • Ernest Vernall dies (P66p1; “seven years” before 1889, P258p9; “July”, P258p2).
  • 1883
    • John Vernall marries (“a decade later, at the tail end of the 1880s”, P65p6).
  • 1885
    • Sydney Chaplin born.
  • 1886
    • Richard Dadd dies (P262p3).
  • 1888
    • Jack the Ripper murders (P67p3; P83p3; P255p3).
    • Snowy Vernall sees Richard Dadd’s ghost (P262p3).
  • 1889
    • May Vernall born, while Snowy watches from above (“tenth of March in 1889”, P165p5).
    • Snowy Vernall has a decorating job (March 12, P249p2).
    • Charles Chaplin born (April 16th).
  • 1891
    • J.K. Stephens’s poetry published (P84p1).
    • J.K. Stephen committed to St. Andrew’s (P84p1).
    • Charles Bradlaugh dies (P177p1).
  • 1892
    • J.K. Stephen dies (P84p1).
    • Clara Swan born (estimated, “in her thirties” in 1928, P107p2).
    • Bill Cody tours Northampton (ahistorical, “maybe five or ten year earlier” than 1898, P175p3).
    • Cora Vernall born (“sixteen” in 1908, P271p2).
  • 1893
    • St. Matthew’s Church dedicated (P84p1).
    • Charlie Chaplin realize he has a father (“four years old”, P151p2).
  • c.1894
    • Joseph “Elephant Man” Merrick visits Northamptonshire (VP318p2).
  • 1895
    • Charlie Chaplin acquires nickname “Sir Francis Drake” (“six-year-old”, P149p2).
    • Charlie Chaplin & family go to the workhouse (ahistorical, “1895”, P170p2).
    • Vernall family moves to Northampton (“Ninety-five”, P167p4).
    • Henry George’s parents die; he starts moving east, eventually leaving for Britain (date estimated, P185p1).
  • 1896
    • “Oatsie” entertains the Elephant Boys (“He’d been what, seven, eight years old?”, P156p2)?
    • Henry George arrives in Wales (“ninety-six”, P184p2; “he’d been in Britain no more than six months” in 1897, P186p3; “twelve or thirteen years back” in 1909, P191p4).
    • Johnny Vernall born (“twelve” in 1908, P272p9).
  • 1897
    • Henry George and Selina arrive in Northampton (ahistorical?; “about a year” before 1898, P154p5; “ninety-seven”, P175p3).
  • 1898
    • Young Charlie Chaplin visits Northampton as one of the Eight Lancashire Lads (“He’d been nine, so it had been, what, 1898”, P152p1).
  •  1899
    • Lucy Starmer’s acquaintance is given a child (date a guess – “fought in World War One”, P28p3)?
    • Charlie Chaplin meets his father at The Three Stags (“ten-year-old”, P151p2).
    • Charles Chaplin’s father dies (ahistorical, P150p3).
    • The later Vint’s Palace is a coffeehouse (“ten years back”, P166p6).
  • 1901
    • Queen Victoria dies (P152p2).
  • 1903
    • Freddy Allen born (wild guess).
  • 1906
    • Clara Swan starts work at Althorp House (date estimated, P107p2).
    • Snowy Vernall turns down a job (“nineteen hundred six”, P274p1).
  • 1907
    • Helen Campbell born (“only fourteen” in 1921, VP276p4).
    • May Vernall and Tom Warren frolic in Beckett’s Park (date estimated, P282p5).
  • 1908
    • Mr. Vint purchases a theatre (“a year ago”, P166p6).
    • Snowy Vernall goes to court for climbing the Guildhall (“last year”, P273p7).
    • March
      • May Warren (II) born (“not much more than a year old”, P161p1, “nineteen”, P270p1; “year-and-half”, P285p4; “eighteen months”, P290p6).
  • 1909
    • Charlie Chaplin tours Paris (“earlier that year”, P151p1).
    • May Warren takes offense at a wealthy couple (“some months before”, P281p6).
    • May Warren argues with Dr. Forbes (date estimated, P283p4-5).
    • September (“Friday”, P189p3).
      • “morning” (P176p3).
        • Henry George starts on his rounds.
      • Noon-ish (P183p3).
        • Henry George leaves great Houghton.
      • “one o’clock” (P184p2)
        • Henry George in Brafield.
        • May Warren buys rainbow drops (time estimated, P280p4).
      • “afternoon” (P188p5)
        • Henry George leaves Yardley.
        • May(s) Warren walk in Beckett’s Park (P279p7).
      • 3:25 (P189p3)
        • Henry George arrives at Olney Church.
      • “half-past four” (P195p3).
        • Henry George leaves Olney.
      • “late afternoon or early evening” (P150p3).
        • Charles “Oatsie” Chaplin waits for a performance (“his real age, which was twenty”, P150p2).
        • Henry George re-passes Yardley (“The sun was getting low”, P195p7).
        • May(s) Warren leave Beckett’s Park (time estimated, “the sun was getting lower”, P284p2).
      • “sunset” (P160p1).
        • Oatsie meets May (“the last spare rays of the sun”, P295p1).
        • Henry George between Brafield and Houghtons (P197p4).
      • “a sky near purple” (P199p2).
        • Henry George passes Beckett’s Park.
      • Twilight (“slowly darkening”, P170p2; “indigo”, P172p2; “dark was settling”, P200p1).
        • Black Charley passes Oatsie.
      • “twilight”, “dusk” (P200p4).
        • Henry George at St. Mary’s Street.
      • “gaslight” (P203p2).
        • Henry George meets May Warren (“unlit”, P287p7).
        • May Warren gets home.
      • “night” (P204p2).
        • Henry George at Scarletwell.
        • Louisa Warren conceived (“that Friday night”, P296p13).
      • “stars was coming out and night birds sang” (P206p4).
        • Henry George is home.
    • September Saturday (P289p5)
      • Little May’s cough gets worse.
      • Dr. Forbes diagnoses diphtheria. (While this is described as “Sunday”, that’s contradicted by P298p5, which says “Sat’day dinnertime”. Given the severity of the symptoms described on Saturday, and May’s general solicitousness, I think this “Sunday” is an error.)
    • “after a week” (P290p4).
      • Little May sent home.
    • A few days later (less than “two weeks” from the detailed Friday, P290p5).
      • Little May relapses.
    • Two days later (“these last two days”, P291p9).
      • Little May dies. Mrs. Gibbs returns.
  • 1910
    • June
      • Louisa Warren born (P302p8 says 1909, but she was conceived in late 1909 (P296p9ff). Also contradicted by P306p3, which says she’s “six years” senior to Tommy, which would put her birth year at 1911).
  • 1912
    • Clara marries Joe Swan (date estimated, P107p2).
  • 1914
    • World War I begins.
    • Alf Rouse marries Lily Watkins.
  • 1915
    • Alf Rouse deployed to France (VP273p3).
  • 1916
    • Alf Rouse “pensioned out” (VP”the following year”, VP276p2).
    • Louisa Vernall starts being housebound (date estimated, “a score of years”, P302p9).
  • 1917
    • Tommy Warren born (P303p9; “You’re thirty” in 1947, P307p2; “thirty-six” in 1953, P315p3).
  • 1919
    • Co-operative Society building erected in the Mayorhold (P214p3).
    • Walter Warren born (P303p9).
  • 1920
    • Phyllis Painter born (“eight years old” in 1928, P109p8).
  • 1921
    • Alf Rouse begins an affair with Helen Campbell (“five year” after 1916, VP276p3; must be early in the year, as she bears him a child in the same year).
    • Alf Rouse’s mistress Helen has a child who dies shortly thereafter.
    • The Boroughs starts being redeveloped (“since 1921 or thereabouts”, P27p2)?
    • Freddy Allen thinks about raping (wild guess, “He’d been eighteen”, P114p1).
    • Malcolm Arnold born.
  • 1923
    • Alf Rouse’s ‘wife’ Helen gives birth to Arthur (two years later” from 1921, VP276p4; ahistorical).
    • Frank Warren born (“you’re nearly twenty-five” in 1947, P307p2)?
    • Mr. Partridge’s corpse needs a crane (date a guess, P319p4)?
  • 1924-1926
    • Tommy Warren (ages 7-9) spends time with grandfather Snowy (“those last two years of his grandfather’s life”, P310p4; “‘Twenties”, P314p2)
  • 1925
    • Alf Rouse begins an affair with Nellie Tucker (VP277p1).
    • Alf Rouse’s two wives discover each other (inferring this happens after his affair with Nellie started, VP277p4).
  • “1920s”
    • Francis Crick attends Sunday school at the United Reform Church (VP298p3).
  • 1926
    • Snowy Vernall dies (P302p9, P310p4).
  • 1927
    • Niels Bohr makes some remarks about the uncertainty principle (VP301p3).
    • Doreen Swan born (“year-old” in 1928, P107p6).
  • 1928
    • Freddy Allen meets Clara and Doreen Swan (P106p3).
    • Freddy Allen has sex with Patsy Clarke (“1928”, P108p1).
    • Fred Rouse’s mistress Nellie has a child.
  • 1930
    • Alf Rouse buys a car.
    • Alf Rouse ‘marries’ the pregnant Ivy Jenkins.
    • Alf Rouse’s mistress Nellie has a second child.
    • Tommy Warren wins math scholarship, but leaves school (“had to leave at thirteen”, P306p1).
    • Bert Reagan’s mother born? (guess, P38p2).
    • Audrey Vernall born (“around eighteen years old” in 1948, P335p1).
  • 1931
      • Alf Rouse tried for murder (VP267ff).
  • 1933
    • The Marx Brother release Duck Soup.
  • 1934
    • Errol Flynn briefly performs in Northampton (VP300p3).
  • 1935
    • Tommy goes on one date with Liz Bayliss (estimate, “When Tom had been a lad back in the Thirties” P307p5)?
    • Bath Street Flats built (“1930s”, P21p1)?
    • Lucia Joyce has a brief stay in Saint Andrew’s.
  • 1936
    • Louisa Vernall dies (P302p9).
  • 1938
    • The Warren boys meet uncle Johnny in the Criterion (“back before the war”, P328p3)?
    • Tom Warren dies (date uncertain: “two years after that” (P303p2), but it’s not entirely clear if “that” refers to 1936.)
  •  1939
    • Finnegans Wake published.
    • Germany invades Poland, kicking off WWII.
  • 1940
    • Winston Churchill elected PM.
    • Thursa begins serenading bombers (guess, P328p2).
  • 1941
    • July
      • A bomber crashes (VP301p2).
    • December
      • USA enters WWII.
  • 1942
    • Son of Louisa Warren born? (“getting on twelve year ago”, P306p3).
  • 1943
    • Roman Thompson born? (“some ten years older than” Alma, P28p2).
  •  1945
    • ?
      • The “Bunny Run” active on Abington Street (“Some fifty years ago”, VP299p4).
      • Jack Warren dies.
    • May
      • VE Day
    • June
      • Three Warren brothers come home from the war (date a guess – P315p4ff)??
    • July
      • Clement Attlee elected PM.
    • August
      • Nuclear weapons dropped on Japan; Japan surrenders, ending WWII.
    • December
      • Warren family postwar Christmas (P317p4ff).
      • May Warren stops being a deathmonger (“end of 1945”, P319p4).
  • 1946
    • Photo of Johnny Vernall’s band taken (“two or three years earlier” than 1948, P335p1).
  •  1947
    • October
      • Walt Warren married (“1947 or round then”, P306p4; “six months” before Whispering Grass, P324p3; “a few months previously” to Whispering Grass, P329p2)??
  • 1948
    • February
      • The Whispering Grass incident (“the early months of 1948” P324p5; “February 1948”, P327p2; “February night five or six years ago”, P330p3).
    • April
      • Thursa Vernall dies (“some two months afterwards”, P334p4).
  • 1949
    • Mary Jane fights with Lizzie Fawkes (date estimated, P92p4,10).
  • 1950
    •  June
      • Korean War starts.
    • ?
      • Frank Warren marries (P319p2).
      • “the glory days of Mary Jane” (in “the fifties”, but not too far removed from WWII, P106p1).
      • Jim Cockie born (“fifty-something” in 2006, P114p4).
  • 1950-1951?
    • Tommy Warren meets Doreen (two or three years back” in 1953, P307p3).
  • 1951
    • Churchill re-elected PM.
    • Lucia Joyce permanently committed to St. Andrew’s.
  • 1952
    • February
      • Queen Elizabeth II crowned.
    • ?
      • Tommy Warren marries Doreen (P320p4).
      • Frank Warren has a son (“only the year before”, P306p3).
      • David Daniels born (“the year above”, P232p1).
    • October
      • UK gets atomic bomb.
  • 1953
    • ?
      • Ted and Em move out of the St Andrew’s Rd house (P322p3).
      • Alf & Queen ditto.
      • Benedict Perrit born (“same class as Alma”, P38p2).
      • Bert Reagan born? (guess, P38p2).
      • Benedict Perritt born (“nineteen fifty-eight and him a five-year-old”, P207p1).
    • July
      • Korean War ends.
      • Alma Warren born (“eight years since VE day”, P305p3).
  • 1955
    • “Baby” Jim Swan returns “home” (Date very uncertain, see note at P322p3)??
    • Audrey Vernall photographed in the asylum (date uncertain, “in her twenties”, P102p2).
    • Malcolm Arnold composes Tam O’ Shanter.
    • Alma bites Clara (P347p3).
  • 1956
    • Michael Warren born (“two-year-old” when Alma is five P8p2).
  • 1957
    • Baby Alma dreams of pigeons (date a guess, P7p5)?
    • Benedict Peritt and Alma Warren meet at Spring Lane School (“when they were four”, P220p4).
  • 1958
    • Alma’s dream in “Work in Progress” (five years old”, P1p1).
  • 1959
    • New Theatre demolished (VP299p4).
    • Michael Warren chokes (“within a year”, P15p3; “when I was three”, P19p5; “when he was three”, P341p5). It is “summer” (P344p3).
    • Peacock Hotel demolished (P219p1).
  • 1960
    • Alma Warren starts buying comic books (“from the age of seven”, P24p3).
    • Alma is nearly abducted (“when she was seven”, P37p6).
  • 1961
    • Alma teases Mick (“when he was six and she was nine”, P17p2).
    • Alma demands baked beans on toast (“eight-year-old”, P353p1).
  • 1962
    • The two “NEWLIFE” towers are completed.
  • 1963
    • Alison Peritt dies in an accident (date estimated, “more than forty years ago” in 2006, P207p2; “when he’d been ten”, P230p2).
  • 1964
    • Alma Warren passes her eleven-plus exams. Benedict Peritt doesn’t (P231p3).
  • 1965
    • Some houses built on Marefair (“1960s”, P24p3)??
    • Some prostitutes active who Marla Stiles meets much later in life (date estimated, “in their sixties”, P76p3).
  •  1966
    • Alan Moore studies French under Jeremy Seabrook.
    • Alma and Mick begin calling each other Warry (“1966”, P18p3).
    • Freddy Allen dies (time estimated, “forty years”, P90p1).
    • Benedict Peritt transferred to Grammar School (after “a year or two”, P231p3).
  • 1967
    • Jeremy Seabrook’s The Unprivileged comes out.
    • Dusty Springfield has a brief stay in St. Andrew’s (P84p1).
  • 1969
    • Fitzroy Street redeveloped (“‘Sixties”, P21p6; “in Mick and Alma’s teenage years”, P21p7)??
  • 1970
    • Spring Lane School rebuilt (P29p2).
    • Alma Warren involved in Androgyne (“seventeen”, P226p4).
  • 1971
    • UCS ship-workers’ strike (P28p2).
    • Britain converts to decimal coinage (P216p2).
  • 1972
    • Benedict Peritt abandons work on Atlantis (“almost two years”, P226p4).
  • Early 1970s
    • Major redevelopment of The Boroughs (P16p2).
    • St. Andrew’s Road houses demolished (“over thirty years” before 2006, P29p3).
    • Roman Thompson’s boyfriend Dean born? (“thirty-something” in 2006, P38p2).
  • “in the 1970s”
    • Shagfoal spotted on the A45 (VP315p2).
  • 1975
    • Alma tries to explain synchronicity (“in her twenties”, P34p3)?
  • 1976
    • Grosvenor Centre replaces Wood Street (P219p3-4).
  • 1978
    • Leah Moore born (VP312p3).
    • National Front march (date estimated, P28p2).
  • 1979
    • Margaret Thatcher becomes Prime Minister.
    • Walter “Chick” Moore dies (VP302p3).
    • Notre Dame convent school demolished (VP299p4).
    • Malcolm Arnold committed to Saint Andrew’s.
  • 1980
    • A brutal child murder (“fifteen years ago”, VP307p3).
    • St. Edmund’s Church demolished (P226p3).
  • 1981
    • Amber Moore born (“fourteen-year-old”, VP312p3).
    • Prince Charles marries Diana (P67p2).
    • Malcolm Arnold at the Crown & Cushion (date estimated, “very early 1980s”, P228p1).
  • 1982
    • Lucia Joyce dies.
  • 1983
    • Malcolm Arnold released from Saint Andrew’s.
  • 1984
    • Part of Abington Street pedestrianized.
  • c.1985
    • Alan Moore moves to Phippsville (“ten years now” in 1995, VP297p4).
  • 1987
    • Marla Stiles born (“Ten” in 1997, “nineteen” in 2006, P67p2; “when she was ten and when Diana died” P69p2).
  • 1989
    • Jake Moore born (“six years old” in 1995, VP303p5).
    • Galileo prob launched (VP316p2).
    • A Northamptonshire Garland” published (P211p2).
    • Benedict Peritt stops writing (date estimated, “almost two decades back”, P222p8).
  • 1990
    • Margaret Thatcher resigns from being Prime Minister.
    • Alan Moore begins work on Voice of the Fire (“Five years ago”, VP309p4; “It’s been five years”, VP317p2).
    • Tommy Moore dies (“five years” in 1995, VP304p1).
    • Tommy Warren dies.(P15p4).
  • 1993
    • Alan Moore turns 40 and decides to become a magician.
  • 1994
    • An acquaintance of Alan Moore dies from a stabbing (“last year”, VP307p2).
    • March
      • James Edwardson’s headless corpse is found (VP319p4).
    • May
      • Joe Warren born (just turned twelve” in May 2006, P35p3)?
  • 1995
    • “early this year”
      • Big John Weston loses a leg (VP311p3).
    • Spring
      • Amber Moore leaves school (“six months ago”, VP312p3).
    •  Summer
      • Doreen Moore dies (“four months ago” in November, VP303p3).
      • Doreen Warren dies (P15p4).
    • November
      • Alan Moore writes the final chapter of Voice of the Fire (VP292ff).
  • 1997
    • Princess Di dies (P67p1ff).
  • 1998
    • St. Edmund’s Hospital closes (P226p1).
  • 2001
    • 9/11
      • Terrorist attack on World Trade Center.
  • 2002
    • Marla Stiles fucks her mom’s boyfriend (“fifteen”, P72p1).
    • Someone in Northampton has a Jack the Ripper theory (date speculative, “some years back”, P83p3).
  • 2003
    • Council considers demolishing the NEWLIFE buildings (“two or three years ago” in May 2006, P30p3; “Two or three years back”, P213p2)?
    • Bath Street Flats replace stairs with ramp (“during the last few years”, P36p1)?
    • Marla Stiles leaves home (“sixteen”, P27p1).
    • Tom Hall dies.
  • 2004
    • Alma Warren vents about Shameless (Jack is “fifteen”, P360p2).
  • 2005
    • Closing time for pubs abolished (P241p4).
    • Early March
      • Mick Warren has an accident (“A little under ten years after [1995]”, P15p4).
    • Mid-March
      • Cathy Warren suggests Mick talk with Alma (P16p3).
    • Late March
      • Alma meets Mick for a drink (“the following Saturday”, P16p3; “fourteen months” before May 2006, P25p2).
    • August
      • Rape gang in a BMW (“last August”, P69p4; P244p2).
    • ?
      • Police confront a mentally ill Somali (“Last year”, P27p2).
      • Cathy’s cousin strangles spouse (“still more recently”, P27p2).
      • Georgie Bumble last visits the Lonely House (“a year or more”, P99p3).
  • 2006
    • January
      • Marla Stiles and Samantha have drugs and sex (“January, just after Christmas”, P68p3).
      • The Dead Dead Gang break into the Lonely House (date estimated, “some months ago”, P98p9).
    • February
      • Young prostitute Samantha beaten (“a good six months” after August (P70p1).
      • Marla wanks off Fat Kenny for pills (P75p4), then sees the Devil (“about three months back, after what had happened to Samantha”, P73p1).
      • Marla brings clients home, leading to an ASBO (“like, three, four months ago”, P75p2).
    • March
      • Samantha gets out of hospital, returns to parents (date a guess, P69p3-4).
      • Protests in support of council housing (P71p1).
    • April
      • A thirteen-year-old prostitute becomes popular with Somalis (“for this last month”, P74p5).
    • May 5
      • Marla Stiles loses a tooth (date estimated, “three weeks ago”, P69p3).
    • May 15
      • Marla Stiles breaks with Keith, sees the Devil again (“a week or two ago”, P73p3).
    • May 24
      • Audrey Vernall notices a Puck’s Hat (date estimated, “the other night”, P100p4).
      • A dreaming Jim Cockie meets Freddy Allen (date estimated, “some nights ago, about four in the morning”, P114p2).
    • Thursday, May 25
      • 11:00 AM
        • Freddy Allen lies next to Den (time estimated, “an hour or two”, P112p1).
      • 12:30 PM
        • Marla sees Den and Freddy Allen sleeping rough at St. Peter’s (time estimated, “yesterday round lunchtime”, P82p2; “yesterday, round dinnertime”, P112p1).
      • ?
        • Marla Stiles has some drugs (“this Thursday, yesterday”, P68p3).
        • Benedict Peritt drinks a lot (P207p2).
        • Benedict Peritt dreams of Jim Cockie (P214p1ff).
    • Friday, May 26
      • Morning
        • Benedict Peritt wakes (P207p2).
        • Benedict Peritt leaves, sees Fat Kenny (P211p4).
        • Benedict Peritt at The Bear.
      • Noon
        • Marla Stiles looks for “lunchtime trade” (time estimated, P71p3).
        • Freddy Allen and Mary Jane at the Black Lion Pub (time estimated, “Friday, May the 26th, 2006″, P91p2).
        • Benedict Peritt leaves Shipman’s (“it was mid-day”, P218p4).
      • 12:30 PM
        • Freddy sees The Dog prior to the turd (time estimated, P94p5).
        • Benedict Peritt meets Alma Warren (time estimated, P220p3).
      • 12:45 PM
        • Freddy meets the monk (time estimated, P95p3).
      • 1:00 PM
        • Freddy arrives at the Lonely House (P97p2).
      • 2:00 PM
        • Freddy Allen leaves the Lonely House (“struck the hour for two”, P102p2).
      • 2:30 PM
        • Freddy Allen visits Georgie Bumble (time estimated, P103p1).
      • 3:00 PM
        • Beginning of chapter ASBOs of Desire (time estimated, “this afternoon”, P68p2).
        • The Dog is at the Bath Street Flats (time estimated, P106p1).
        • Freddy Allen arrives at Patsy’s (time estimated).
      • 3:10 PM
        • Benedict Peritt on Billing Road (P230p4).
      • 3:15 PM
        • Marla sees Freddy and Patsy having sex (time estimated, P70p2; P111p5)
      • 3:30 PM
        • Roman Thompson visits Marla (time estimated, P70p3).
        • Freddy sees The Dog looking constipated (time estimated, P113p1).
      • 3:45 PM
        • Freddy Allen passes Jim Cockie (time estimated, P114p2).
      • 4:00 PM
        • Freddy arrives at the billiards hall (time estimated, P115p2).
      • 4:10 PM
        • Marla heads back out (time estimated, “she’d been here for more than an hour and half”, P74p3).
      • 4:20 PM
        • The Dog “lays a cable” near the Destructor (time estimated, P76p1).
      • 4:30 PM
        • Marla arrives at Horsemarket (“half four”, P76p2).
      • 4:40 PM
        • Marla takes a cigarette break (time estimated, P77p4).
      • 4:45 PM
        • End of cigarette break (“quarter to five”, P78p4).
      • 4:55 PM
        • Marla Stiles and Benedict Perrit meet (time estimated, P80p1ff).
      • 5:00 PM
        • Marla reaches St. Peter’s Church (“five o’clock or round there”, P82p2).
      • 5:15 PM
        • Marla passes the Dead Dead Gang on Chalk Lane (time estimated, P84p4).
      • 5:45 PM
        • Marla asks Fat Kenny for drugs (time estimated, P85p3).
      • 6:00 PM
        • Marla returns home (time estimated, P85p5).
      • 7:00 PM
        • Marla goes out again (time estimated, before moonset at 7:22, P87p5).
      • 9:15 PM
        • Marla passes the Lonely House (time estimated, sky is “all stars” at 9:06, P88p3, but “grey sky”, P89p2).
      • 9:30 PM
        • Marla passes the Dead Dead Gang again (P88p5).
      • 10:00 PM
        • Marla meets a customer (P89p3).
      • ?
        • Prostitute raped and beaten (“in the small hours of the night before”, P27p3).
      • ?
        • The car accident (“during the Friday night just gone”, P26p2; before 11:oo, P242p4, “half an hour ago”, P243p2).
      • 11:35 PM
        • Benedict Peritt leaves the Bird in Hand (P241p3).
      • 11:45 PM
        • Benedict Peritt meets a cop (time estimated, P243p1).
      • “on the slope of midnight” (P244p3).
        • Benedict Peritt reaches Herbert Street.
        • Noise and laughter from Fat Kenny’s (P245p2).
        • Benedict Peritt reaches home.
    • Saturday, May 27
      • Alma’s exhibition (“Fourteen months later on a cold Spring Saturday in 2006”, P25p2).
      • noon
        • Mick sees news article about prostitute beating (time estimated, P27p3).
      • 1:00 PM
        • Mick starts walking (time estimated, “had lunch […] then”, P25p3).
      • 1:30 PM
        • Mick meets Den (time estimated, P31p1).
      • 2:00 PM
        • Mick reaches the exhibit (time estimated, P38p2).
    • 2016
      • Jerusalem published.
    • 2025
      • Freddy Allen visits the former Old Black Lion site (“up a bit in the twenty-fives or twenty-sixes”, P91p2; “up the twenty-fives”, P98p11).
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