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.