1540

1540
The bishopric of Chester founded. John Bird, D.D., was translated from Bangor to fill the new see, which was formed of the archdeaconries of Chester and Richmond. Manchester had previously been in the diocese of Lichfield.(7)

1540
The Collegiate Church of Manchester (in common with twenty-seven other places, principally collegiate) obtained the right of sanctuary, constituting it a “place of privilege and uicion for term of life, to all offenders and malefactors, of whatsoever quality, kind, or nature their offence might be, for which saide offences and crimes the peine and punishment of death should ensue by the statute laws and customs of the realme” other than murder, rape, burglary, highway robbery, or wilfully burning any house or barn. (32 Henry VIII.)(7)