3rd. March Monday
The flying machines from Manchester to London occupied three days in the journey, which was “performed, if God permit, by John Hanforth, Matthew Howe, Samuel Glanville, and William Richardson. Fare, inside, £2 5s.; out­side, half price.” March 3.(7)

24th. March Monday
33 George II. cap 2. Act to enable the most noble Francis Duke of Bridgewater to make a navigable cut or canal from or near Worsley Mill, over the river Irwell, to the town of Manchester, and to or near Longford Bridge, in the township of Stretford. 24th March.(7)

1st. June Sunday
The Rev. Thomas Crouchley, one of the fellows of the Collegiate Church, died June 1.(7)

18th. June Wednesday
A musical entertainment was given in the garden of the Infirmary. The proceeds were added to the funds of the charity, June 18.(7)

17th. July Thursday
Rev. Thomas Moss died at Crumpsall, 17th July. He was born in 1712, and was author of a Sermon at the Collegiate Chnrch, Manchester, for the support of the Infirmary, 1754. (Manchester Foundations, ii., 305.)(7)

1st. October Wednesday
The races on Kersal Moor, after fifteen years’ disuse, were renewed Oct. 1. (Procter’s Our Turf, &c.)(7)

September. Barton Aqueduct commenced. (See 1761.)(7)

The manufacture and dyeing of ginghams, damasks, moreens, &c. was greatly improved by the inventions of Mr. Mather.(7)

There was a theatre held at the Riding School, Salford, at this time.(7)

Manchester began to be famous for its cotton manufacture. The entire value of the cotton goods made was £200,000 per annum.(7)

About this period, according to Aikin, the manufacturers of this town began to treat their apprentices in a somewhat different manner to what they had hitherto done. The apprentices had allotted to them the use of a back parlour, with a fire, and had tea twice a day. It had been usual for the manu­facturer and his apprentices to be in the warehouse by six in the morning; at seven they had breakfast, which consisted of one large dish of oatmeal porridge and another of milk; each with a wooden spoon in his hand, without loss of time dipped into the dish, and thence into the milk pan, and as soon as it was finished they all returned to their work. At this period the dinner hour in Manchester was twelve o’clock, and ladies paid afternoon visits at two, and then repaired to the four o’clock prayers at the Old Church.(7)

The drop box invented by Robert Kay, of Bury, son of the inventor of the picking peg, or fly shuttle, about this date.(7)