1649

6th. February Tuesday
The Parliament’s proclamation prohibiting any person from being styled King of England was read in the Market Place 6th February, at four o’clock in the afternoon. (Earwaker’s Local Gleanings, No. 319.)(7)

26th. February Monday
There were observed by hundreds of people in the Market Place of Manchester, three perheli (mock suns), about ten o’clock before noon, which vanished away one after another, so that at eleven none were seen. I saw two of them myself.” 26th Feb. (Hollinworth’s Mancuniensis.)(7)

5th. November Monday
The Independents having obtained the ascendency over their rivals, the Presbyterians, one of their first acts was to appoint a Committee of Sequestration, which seized all the church lands in this parish, dissolved the collegiate body, and appropriated its revenues. Heyrick, the warden, who resisted the administrators of these resolutions, was brought into subjection by Colonel Birch, of Birch Hall, who forcibly entered the chapter house of the Collegiate Church, which the warden had barricaded, broke open the chest, and destroyed many writings. Parliament granted to the warden £100 a year, and £80 per annum to each of the fellows out of the public treasury. The soldiery destroyed many deeds, and an effigy of Bishop Oldham, in the Free Grammar School. The Independents, says Hollinworth, “set up a meeting in the College.” November 5.(7)

1649
The College was taken from the Earl of Derby, and turned into a prison, along with the chapel on the Old Bridge.(7)

1649
A Solemn Exhortation made and published to the several Churches of Christ, within the Province of Lancaster, 4to, published by Thomas Smith, of Manchester.(7)