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17th. June Wednesday
The first English “Navigation Canal,” extending from Worsley to Manchester, was opened, June17. Its originator, the Duke of Bridgewater, is rightly called “The Father of Inland Navigation in England.”(7)

September
Mrs. Dorothy Byrom died at Kersall Cell in her 81st year. September.(7)

17th October Saturday
Rev. Thomas Foxley, M.A., died at Manchester, October 17. He was born In Manchester, October, 1714, and was a fellow of the Collegiate Church, and first rector at St. Mary’s Church. He was the author of a consecration sermon oh The Antiquity and Importance of Public Worship, 1756.(7)

4th. November Wednesday
The coronation of George III. was celebrated with great rejoicings. He was proclaimed at the Market Cross, 4th November.(7)

1761
Edward Crane was the author of Poetical Miscellanies, published at Manchester this year. Nothing appears to be known of his personal history, and the book, though curious—it includes a tragedy on the crime of Miss Blandy the parricide—does not possess any merit.(7)

1761
The first Blackfriars Bridge was built of wood by a company of comedians, for the purpose of enabling the inhabitants of Manchester the more readily to cross the river to the Riding School in Water Street, Salford, which they occupied as a theatre.(7)

1761
Cannon Street Independent Chapel was erected. John Byrom records in his Diary that the Rev. John Newton, on the 20th April, 1762, came to Manchester “upon account of the opening of the new Meeting (i.e., Meeting House) at the upper end of this Croft tomorrow and to see some Ministers and friends with whom he was acquainted.” Byrom’s house was at the corner of Hunter’s Lane and Hanging Ditch, near the Old Church. By the “Croft” is meant Cannon Street, of which Hunter’s Croft was the old name. The first minister was the Rev. Caleb Warhurst.(7)

1761
Rev. John Wesley visited Manchester.(7)