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1752 was the first year in England to officially begin on 1 January.

Until the Calendar Act of 1752, the year in England began officially on 25 March (Lady Day), and not 1 January (even though this was when New Year’s Day was celebrated).

For further information about measurement see Colin Chapman, ‘How heavy, how much and how long?

: weights, money and other measures used by our ancestors’ (Lochin,1995).

Most people today are still familiar with the classic Roman numerals.