1672 in England
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Events from the year 1672 in the Kingdom of England.
- Monarch – Charles II
- 2 January – cash payments by the Exchequer suspended for a year, due to fears of imminent bankruptcy.
- 15 March – King Charles II issues the Royal Declaration of Indulgence, suspending execution of Penal Laws against Protestant nonconformists and Roman Catholics in his realms.
- 17 March – Third Anglo-Dutch War – England declares war on the Dutch Republic.
- 28 May (7 June New Style) – the first naval battle of the Third Anglo-Dutch War is fought at the Battle of Solebay; indecisive.
- 13 September – John Bunyan released after a 12-year imprisonment for preaching without a licence.
- December – John Dryden's play Marriage à la Mode first performed in London by the King's Company.
- The bankrupt Company of Royal Adventurers Trading to Africa is restructured into the new Royal African Company with a new, broader charter to trade into West Africa.
- Rebuilding begins of St Stephen Walbrook church in the City of London, designed by Christopher Wren.
- Rebuilding of Temple Bar, London, designed by Christopher Wren.
- First public concerts in England; organised by John Banister at Whitefriars, near Fleet Street.
- Richard Hoare becomes a partner in the London goldsmith's business which, as private banking house C. Hoare & Co., will survive through to the 21st century.
- 9 April – Thomas Willoughby, 1st Baron Middleton, Member of Parliament (died 1729)
- 1 May – Joseph Addison, politician and writer (died 1719)
- June – Henry Hyde, 4th Earl of Clarendon, politician (died 1753)
- 17 July (baptism) – Anthony Blackwall, scholar (died 1730)
- 29 July – Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond, illegitimate son of Charles II (died 1723)
- John Huxham, surgeon (died 1768)
- John Lovelace, 4th Baron Lovelace, colonial governor (died 1709)
- Thomas Steers, civil engineer (died 1750)
- Thomas Wentworth, 1st Earl of Strafford, diplomat and First Lord of the Admiralty (died 1739)
- 15 January – John Cosin, clergyman (born 1594)
- 5 May – Samuel Cooper, painter (born 1609)
- 11 May – Charles Seton, 2nd Earl of Dunfermline, royalist (born 1615)
- 28 May
- 27 June – Roger Twysden, antiquarian and royalist (born 1597)
- 3 July – Francis Willughby, biologist (born 1635)
- 8 August – Sir John Borlase, 1st Baronet, politician (born 1619)
- 24 October – John Webb, architect (born 1611)
- 15 November – Sir Walter Long, 1st Baronet of Whaddon, Member of Parliament (born c. 1603)
- 19 November – John Wilkins, Bishop of Chester (born 1614)
- 6 December – Jasper Mayne, dramatist (born 1604)
- 21 December – Charles Stanley, 8th Earl of Derby, (born 1628)
- Philip Nye, theologian (born c. 1595)
- Peter Sterry, theologian (born 1613)
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