1654   

14th. April Friday
Sir Alexander Radcliffe, of Ordsal, K.B., was buried in the Collegiate Church 14th April. He was made Knight of the Bath at the coronation of Charles I., when only 17. He was a staunch cavalier, and in 1642 was imprisoned in the Tower for assisting the Earl of Derby in the siege of Manchester. He was 46 years old at the time of his death. His son Robert was slain on Bowdon Downs in a duel, which he had forced upon Sir Samuel Daniel.(7)

19th. July Wednesday
Charles Worsley, of Platt, returned as first representative of Manchester to the House of commons. Cromwell had thus the credit of recognizing the growing importance of a town which already far exceeded in wealth and populousness many of the places represented in parliament. 19th July.(7)

1654
William Malone, Rector of Seville, died. "Anno 1592 was born in Manchester, William, the son of Simon Malloone, a young man of pregnant witt; he was tempted by some Irish merchants (with whom the towne then and long after till the Rebellion broke out, anno 1649, did drive a greate and gainefull trade) to goe beyond sea, seduced from the reformed to the Romish religion, of which he became one of the most earnest and able assertors; hee made the reply to Archbishop Vssher's answer to the Jesuites' challenge, but hee was ouermatched, his adversarie being more eminently learned, and having evidence of truth on his syde. Malloune caused his reply to bee dispersed in Manchester; hee afterward went to Rome, and was Master of the Irish colledge there. Dr. Hoyle rejoined to his reply.' (Hollinworth's Mancuniensis.)(7)

1654
The feoffees of Humphrey Chetham's charity purchased the "College," now Known as "Cheetham's Hospital." The building, which suceeded to the Baron's Hall, was occupied by the clergy of the Collegiate Church till 1647, when it fell into the hands of the Earl of Derby, but was again taken from his family during the Commonwealth. In 1656 the boys were first lodged there, but the purchase was not completed till after the Restoration, from the celebrated Charlotte de la Tremouille.(7)

1654
Samuel Bolton, D.D., died. He was born at Manchester in 1606 and educated at Cambridge. He was a man of note amongst the Puritans, and wrote A Guard of the Tree of Life, 1647, and other works.(7)