1525 – Born in London, in the parish of St Michael, Cornhill.
1547 – He did not follow his father’s trade, but was apprenticed as a merchant tailor, being admitted to the Merchant Taylor’s company.
– He established a business at a house near the well within Aldgate, between Leadenhall and Fenchurch Street.
1560 – He entered upon the work with which his name is associated.
1561 – He made the acquaintance of the leading antiquaries of his time, including William Camden, and in he published his first work,
1570 – He removed to a house in St Andrew’s parish.
1604 – In March 1604, James I authorized him and his deputies to collect "amongst our loving subjects their voluntary contributions and kind gratuities," and himself began "the largesse for the example of others." If the royal appeal was successful Stow did not live long to enjoy the increased comfort resulting from it.
1605 – Died on the 6th of April was buried in the London church of St Andrew Undershaft.