20th. November Wednesday
In consequence of the detection of the Gunpowder Plot, Sir Nicholas Mosley and Richard Holland wrote to the Constables of Manchester, Nov. 20, enjoining watch and word to be duly kept. All strangers who were suspected of complicity were to be examined before the next justice of peace. (Palatine Note-book, iii., 257.)(7)

Oliver Carter, B.D., died in March. He was a native of Richmondshire and wrote An Answer unto certain Popish Questions, 1579. Hollinworth states that he fell sick as he was preaching of God’s providing a succession of godly ministers. Mr. William Bourne went up into the pulpit and preached on the same text. One of Carter’s sons was an Irish bishop.(7)

The plague visited Manchester, and about a thousand died. The chaplain of the Collegiate Church, Mr. Kirke, his wife, and four children all perished. The Rev. William Bourne continued to preach throughout the visitation, “in the towne,” says Hollinworth, “so long as he durst by reason of the unruliness of infected persons and want of government, and then he went and preached in a field near to Shorter’s Brook, the townspeople being on one side of him and the country people on the other.” Six acres of land on Collyhurst were devoted to cabins for the reception of plague patients, who were also buried there. This appropriation of the land was the compromise of a dispute between the burgesses, who regarded it as a common, and the lord of the manor, who had begun to enclose it. He also agreed to pay £10 yearly for the benefit of the poor. (Axon’s Lancashire Gleanings.)(7)

1605. Radcliffe
Sir Richard Assheton and Mary his wife are described as "deforciants of the manor of Radcliffe and the advowson of the church of Radcliffe, the manor house called Radcliffe Tower, with the appurtenances and 200 acres of land, meadow, pasture, and wood, parcel of the said manor, and certain closes in Radcliffe."