1650

15th June Saturday Manchester
Parliamentary inquisition taken at Manchester before (among others) Richard Meadowcroft, of Breightmet, and Thomas Smith, gentleman, of Radcliffe.
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1650
The birthday of Charles II. celebrated by the Lancashire Presbyterian ministers, who refused to observe the fast ordered by Parliament. (Halley’s Lancashire, p. 279.)(7)

1650
The ministers and others in the towne and parish being assembled to fast and pray, for preuenting of a new warre: the towne and country being generally non-engagers were disarmed by the gouernor of Liuerpoole.”(7)

1650
In a description of Manchester and Salford, annexed to a plan of the towns, as they appeared in this year, it is stated—” The people in and about the town are said to be in general the most industrious in their callings of any in the northern parts of the kingdom. The town is a mile in length, the streets open and clean kept, and the buildings good. The trade is not inferior to that of many cities in the kingdom, chiefly consisting in woollen friezes, fustians, sackcloths, mingled stuffs, caps, inkles, tapes, points, &c., whereby not only the better sort of men are employed, but also the very children by their own labour can maintain themselves; there are besides all kinds of foreign mer­chandize brought and returned by the merchants of the town, amounting to the sum of many thousands of pounds weekly.” In this account it is asserted the parish contained 27,000 communicants.(7)

1650
“In Blakeley, neere Manchester, in one John Pendleton’s ground, as one was reaping, the corne being cut, seemed to bleede; drops fell out of it like to bloud : multitudes of people went to see it, and the strawes thereof though of a kindly colour without, were within reddish, and as it were, bloudy.”(7)