1578

28th. July Monday
Queen Elizabeth dissolved the foundation of the Collegiate Church, which had consisted of one warden, eight fellows, four chaplains, and six choristers; and gave the college a new charter of foundation for one warden, four fellows, two chaplains, four musicians, two clerks, and four choristers. The warden to be elected by the Crown, and the others on vacancy, by the warden and fellows. The style was changed to the College of Christ, July 28. John Wolton, or Woolton, appointed warden; John Mallayns, Alexander Nowell, Oliver Carter, and Thomas Williamson, fellows; Robert Barber and Thomas Richardson, chaplains; and Robert Leigh, Charles Leigh, Philip Gosnett, and John Glover, singing men. The salary of the warden was four shillings per day; each fellow, sixteenpence; each chaplain, sixpence three farthings; each chorister, four-pence halfpenny; and each singing boy, twopence halfpenny. The warden to forfeit 30d. and each fellow 8d. for every day’s absence.(7)

1578
About this time the Bishop of Chester erected, and his successors encouraged a publicke exercise to bee held at Manchester, the second Thursday in every month, and nominated some grave, godly, learned ministers to bee moderators, and to preach in their courses in the afternoone; and commanded all parsons, vicars, curates, readers, schoolemasters, within the Deanery of Manchester, to bee present at the sayd exercise, and to bee ready in the after­noone to bee more privately conferred with, examined, instructed, and directed by the sayd nominated moderators; and to obey and observe their orders and directions vppon paine of censure. The names of the moderators were Mr. Shaw, of Bury; Mr. Carter, of Manchester; Mr. Assheton, of Midleton; Mr. Williamson, of Manchester; Mr. Langley, of Prestwich.”(7)

1578
The churchwardens of Manchester demand nine pounds from the inhabitants “for destroying crowes.” (Hollinworth.)(7)

1578
Sir William West, then Lord of the Manor, attempted to wrest the privilege of the inhabitants of Manchester from choosing the boroughreeve, the steward choosing John Gee, and the town Robert Langley. (Harland’s Court Leet.)(7)

1578
A number of exiles from the Low Countries are believed by some to have settled in Manchester about this time, but the evidence is scanty. (Wheeler’s Manchester, p. 25.)(7)