1647 in England
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Events from the year 1647 in the Kingdom of England.
Monarch - Charles I
- 30 January - Scots hand over King Charles I to England in return for £40,000 of army back-pay.
- March - Folk dancing and bear-baiting banned.
- 15 March - Harlech surrenders; the last Royalist castle to do so.
- 18 May - The House of Commons decides to disband the Army.
- 4 June - King Charles I taken to Newmarket as a prisoner of the New Model Army.
- June - The Long Parliament passes an Ordinance confirming abolition of the feasts of Christmas, Easter and Whitsun, though making the second Tuesday in each month a secular holiday.
- 2 August - The King rejects the proposals set out in the Heads of Proposals.
- 7 August - Oliver Cromwell takes control of Parliament with the New Model Army, an attempt by Presbyterian MPs to raise the City of London having been unsuccessful.
- 8 August - Irish Confederate Wars: An English Parliamentary army defeats the Irish Confederate's Leinster army.
- 20 August - Parliament passes the Null and Void Ordinance.
- October - The Levellers publish their manifesto Agreement of the People.
- 28 October–11 November - Putney Debates between the New Model Army and Levellers concerning a new national constitution.
- 11 November - The King attempts to escape captivity but is captured and imprisoned in Carisbrooke Castle on the Isle of Wight.
- 15 November - Corkbush Field mutiny: two regiments of the New Model Army threaten to mutiny.
- 24 December - Parliament presents the King with new demands which he rejects.
- 25 December - Rioting in Canterbury and elsewhere over the celebration of Christmas.
- 26 December - The King signs a secret treaty with Scotland in which he promises to impose Presbyterianism in England in return for military assistance.
- 1 April - John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester, poet (died 1680)
- 3 April - Sir Thomas Littleton, 3rd Baronet, statesman (died 1709)
- 2 July - Daniel Finch, 2nd Earl of Nottingham, privy councillor (died 1730)
- 8 July - Frances Stewart, Duchess of Richmond, courtier (died 1702)
- date unknown - Henry Aldrich, theologian and philosopher (died 1710)
- 29 January - Francis Meres, writer (born 1565)
- 12 March - Sir Matthew Boynton, 1st Baronet, Member of Parliament (born 1591)
- 29 March - Charls Butler, beekeeper and philologist (born 1560)
- 20 April - Sir John Hobart, 2nd Baronet, politician (born 1593)
- 24 May - Ferdinando Gorges, colonial entrepreneur (born 1565)
- 9 June - Leonard Calvert, colonial governor (born 1606; died in Maryland)
- 12 June - Thomas Farnaby, grammarian (born c. 1575)
- 7 July - Thomas Hooker, religious and colonial leader (born 1586)
- 1 August - Degory Wheare, historian (born 1573)
- 12 August - Matthew Hopkins, witchfinder-general (year of birth unknown)
- 24 August - Nicholas Stone, sculptor and architect (born 1586)
- October - Lady Anne Stanley, heir to the throne (born 1580)
- 8 October - Thomas Habington, antiquarian (born 1550)
- 11 December - John Saltmarsh, clergyman (year of birth unknown)
- Elizabeth Raleigh, widow of Walter Raleigh (born 1565)
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