1748       

May
Robert Duckinfleld died in May, aged 63 years. He was a younger son of Sir Robert Duckinfield, and was High Sheriff of Lancashire in 1741. (Bakerís Memorials, p. 78.)(7)

30th. August Tuesday
Lewis Paulís carding machine was patented, August 30.(7)

1748. Manchester-Rochdale
The town was still greatly agitated by the political controversy between the friends and foes of the Hanoverian Government. This is shown in Jacobite and Non.juring Principles Examined, in a Letter to the Master Tool of the Faction in Manchester, by J. Owen, &c., Manchester, 1748. The writer was a Nonconformist minister at Rochdale. The pamphlet was addressed to John Byrom, and ran through two editions.(7)

1748. Bessy's o'th Barn
"Bessey's o'th' Barn, in Pilkington," is mentioned in a "Manchester Magazine" advertisement, January 19. Another advertisement in the same paper for March 6, 1750, mentions "the house of John Fallows, known by the name of Besses-o'th'-Barn, in Pilkington."(9)