1651 in England
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Events from the year 1651 which occurred in the Commonwealth of England.
- 1 January – Charles II is crowned King of Scotland at Scone.
- 3 February – Muggletonianism inaugurated.
- 14 February – 18 June: a diplomatic team headed by Oliver St John and Walter Strickland is sent to The Hague to negotiate an alliance between the English Commonwealth and the Dutch Republic, in which they are unsuccessful.
- 30 March – supposed commencement of Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War between the Dutch Republic and Royalist forces in the Isles of Scilly.
- 17 April – English Civil War: Robert Blake's forces attack Tresco, opening a siege of the Isles of Scilly.
- 23 May – English Civil War: Blake takes the surrender of the Isles of Scilly, the last outpost of the Royalist navy.
- 20 July – English Civil War: at the Battle of Inverkeithing in Scotland, the English Parliament's New Model Army defeats a Scottish army loyal to Charles II.
- 25 August – English Civil War: At the Battle of Wigan Lane Royalist troops under James Stanley, 7th Earl of Derby are defeated by the New Model Army under Robert Lilburne.
- 3 September – English Civil War: Battle of Worcester – Charles II is defeated in the last main battle of the war.
- 6 September – Charles II hides from pursuing Parliamentarian troops in the Royal Oak tree at Boscobel House in Shropshire.
- 15–16 October – Escape of Charles II to Fécamp in France from Shoreham in the coal boat Surprise.
- 28 October – Tender of Union: Parliament issues a declaration that England and Scotland should be incorporated into a single commonwealth.
- First coffee house in England opens, in Oxford.
- William Harvey describes organ formation in the developing embryo in De Generatione.
- William Gilbert's A New Philosophy of Our Sublunar World is published posthumously. It theorises that the fixed stars are not all the same distance from Earth, and that the force of magnetism holds the planets in orbit around the Sun.
- Cornelius Vermuyden constructs the first Denver Sluice, an important component in drainage of The Fens.
- Thomas Hobbes' major political work Leviathan.
- William Davenant's epic poem Gondibert, published with an introduction by Thomas Hobbes
- 3 January – Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington, politician (died 1694)
- 4 March – John Somers, 1st Baron Somers, Lord Chancellor of England (died 1716)
- August – William Dampier, buccaneer, sea captain, author and scientific observer (died 1715)
- 26 November – Henry Ireton, Civil War leader (born 1611)
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